My head is full of ideas now that I've spent a week exploring a variety of painting and drawing with enamels. Charity Hall is an incredibly gifted artist who originally trained as a botanist and is married to an entomologist (hence her many bugs). There were many scientists in class; perhaps we just naturally gravitate toward enamels?
|Some of the huge number of Charity Hall's enamel samples.|
|CW from upper left: sugar coat, transparent green over P3 brushed over chasing, overfired liquid 969, sugar over P3 and tracing black applied with pen, clear over P3 brushed over chasing, green enamel onto ink stamp on white base coat|
|Graphite pencil over enamel base coat.|
|CW from upper left: enamel over Micron pen, sugar clear over underglaze pencils, glass painting watercolors, metal watercolors, underglaze pencils, clear over P3 by pen|
upper left overfired, center left too thick
upper and lower left with tube mount CZs
For the next to last day, we experimented with glow powder for pieces to be viewed in the dark, fusing silver balls and wire into enamel, drawing with a pen, and underglaze pencils. Finally, there were demos of constructing various simple mountings for enamels, champleve and cloisonne.
I came home with a long list of items to order so that I can continue my experiments and a desire to clean up my studio so that I have a good layout for this work.