Enamelling Course with Sandra McEwen in the UK

Sandra McEwen wearing her award winning necklace

Sandra is a multi-award-winning talented enameler who is coming to Mark Lloyd’s Jewellery School, The Phrontistery of Alchemy, in May 2020 to run two classes, this will be her first time teaching in the UK and places are limited to only six per class.

Mark’s classrooms will provide all the tools needed to use over the three days but you are welcome to bring anything you want to use.

Sandra will also be providing the materials needed for each student to guarantee the quality is what she needs.

Everything is included in the course fee.

You can find the details of the course and booking form here with this link. https://www.marklloydjewellery.co.uk/school-bookings/

Saul Bell Design Award 2019, 1st Place, Enamel Category https://www.sandramcewen.com/

Below is an information statement from Sandra McEwen

” I create Champlevé & Cloisonné enamel jewellery. After graduating with a BFA in illustration from RISD, I apprenticed in glass in Italy.

For many years I worked primarily in leaded glass, an experience that informs my work as a jeweller. Using powdered glass enamels to adorn precious metal is a technique that has been in use by craftsmen for millennia.

Cloisonné is a French word meaning “divided into compartments” and describes the technique of separating each colour of enamel with very thin silver wires. After preparing the powdered enamels, I use a fine brush to lay enamel grains carefully into place between the silver wires. Each layer of enamel is fired in the kiln, and the layers are slowly built up until they are flush with the top of the silver. Each piece usually has been fired 15-20 times before it is complete.

The final steps include grinding the enamels perfectly smooth and polishing the finished work to create a vibrant and glossy finish. The resulting enamel gem is further augmented with sterling chain, semiprecious stones, and a hand-wrought sterling clasp.

For each piece, there are essentially three elements I consider. Lines, shapes, and colours. I think about the way lines can guide your eye to and through a piece and back again on a prescribed path of my choosing, the lines and colours combining to create off-kilter shapes that, when viewed together, seem perfectly balanced. I revel in the fabrication of an object and the blade cutting through silver with the fused metal glowing mellow red. Then shimmering and flowing like water the layers of enamel changing from grains of sand, to orange peel, to molten hot and then the opposite as the true colours fade in slowly.

When I am creating a work of jewellery, the experience is an intimate one. I am establishing a dialogue with the one person who will ultimately wear it. I have personally crafted each piece of jewellery in my collection. “


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