Enameling-closeupEnameling is fired glass on metal. It is one of the most difficult mediums to master. But after becoming proficient in this medium, it is hard to give it up. It is a medium that to this day, I still find new and refreshing. If you gravitate towards color, painting or drawing, it might be for you.

There are five types of enameling techniques: Limoges, Basse-Taille, Champleve, Cloisonné and Plique a Jour (Light of Day). Cloisonné and Champleve are the methods currently being taught at James Carter Studio.

Cloisonné enameling is probably the most popular of the enameling techniques. It is basically thin wires (cloisones) laid on a flat or curved surface of metal to replicate a line drawing. Designs can be simple to difficult, depending on the skill level of the artist. Powdered glass in different colors is applied to bring out the design. After each layer, the piece is fired in a kiln. It is then sanded and polished. When finished, it is mounted into a premade bezel or other frame.

Champleve enameling differs from cloisonné in that enamel is applied into a premade piece of jewelry. The whole piece is fired, unlike cloisonné, where only the metal plate holding the design is fired. The cut and solder method of Champleve uses 2 sheets of metal. The top piece has the design cut out with a jeweler’s saw. Tit is then soldered to the bottom plate. The cavities created with the saw are then filled with powdered glass and fired. After painting 2 or 3 layers of enamel, the piece is fired, sanded, polished and ready to wear.

Introduction to Cloisonné Enameling, 4 Day Class

Susie.72Pre-requisite: All levels welcomed.

Instructor: James Carter

January 14-17, 2020
June 9-12, 2020 (Postponed due to Coronavirus)

Time: 9am – 4pm each day

Class Length: Four 6-hour classes / Total: 24 hours

Tuition: $500.00 per class and a $50 materials/lab fee

Introduction to Cloisonné Enameling is a four-day, hands-on class which teaches the techniques of wire design, foiling, color blending, firing and polishing. Color theory will also be taught. Attention to detail is very important and moving at a slower pace is part of the appeal. Some prior knowledge of metalsmithing techniques is helpful but not required.


Advanced Cloisonné Enameling, 5 Day Class

Pre-requisite: Intro to Cloisonné Enameling with James Carter or technical proficiency in the technique (current work must be submitted before registering; call for instructions

Instructor: James Carter

Dates:  February 10-14, 2020
             July 13-17, 2020 (Postponed due to Coronavirus)

Time: 9am – 4pm each day

Class Length: Five 6-hour classes / Total: 30 hours

Tuition: $650.00 per class and a $50 materials/lab fee

Advanced Cloisonné Enameling is a five-day, hands-on class. Focus will be on enameling on curved surfaces: square beads, trillium shaped beads and spheres. Metalsmithing techniques for mounting and finishing your enamels will also be covered. Some prior knowledge of metalsmithing techniques required.


Individual Study in Cloisonne Enamel

Lynn.72Instructor: James Carter

Tuition: $1500.00 for 10 days of study.

Dates: Call to schedule at number below.

This individual study in cloisonne enamel is taught by Master Enamelist, James Carter. This is primarily for intermediate to advanced students, but beginners will be considered.

Please call 919-240-5253 for details.