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Classes  >>  Enameling & Metal Coloration



A variety of options exist to add color to metal, from chemical patinas to unique painterly techniques using pigments. Another is enameling, a process of fusing pigmented glass powder to a metal substrate at very high temperature, resulting in an extremely durable finish. Enameling was historically used for signage and provides opportunity for a wide range of techniques, from resists to screenprinting, to add color to metal.


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Upcoming classes

    • 01 Jan 2020
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • 3749 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN
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    We plan to offer this class in Spring 2020. Click on 'Join Waitlist' to be notified when we schedule it again. When the class is opened for registration, everyone on the list is notified at the same time.

    Learn the basics of an ancient decorative technique of fusing vitreous enamel, a material made of powdered glass mixed with minerals for coloration, to a steel substrate. You'll be introduced to the skills necessary for successful enameling, appropriate for projects such as signage, installations, mural elements or similar larger-scale work. This class does not cover jewelry enameling.

    We'll start with the basics of mixing enamels and preparing the substrate, and then explore a variety of enamel surface design techniques. Using viscous medium and mason stains for coloration, you'll paint, sgraffito, sponge, and otherwise manipulate the enamels to produce exciting effects that result in a durable, temperature resistant surface unaffected by UV light. Using the various techniques demonstrated, you'll work on and fire pieces suitable for technical reference as well as a finished piece (approximately one square foot).  |  $280 ($180 tuition + $100 materials)  |  6 weeks

    Instructor: Heather Doyle is CAFAC's artistic director, and she has taught sculptural welding and blacksmithing for more than 10 years. Her enameling background began with the John Biggers Seed Project, a major public art installation coming soon to North Minneapolis, comprised of enameled steel panels on a bridge railing over Highway 94. Heather oversaw the buildout of CAFAC's enameling studio and has trained with master enamelists Dave Berfield and Barbara Minor.

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