Enameling – Ruth Prince
Wildacres – September 17-23, 2018
Enamels are basically finely ground glass that bonds with metal when heat is applied. This week we will explore not only traditional kiln firing but also free-wheeling torch firing. During the week, we will try traditional techniques like basse-taille and cloisonné and also spend some time playing with fire and smoke as we raku fired enamels. We will try out liquid and acrylic enamels, apply decals, draw on enamel with a pencil, and learn what things can be added as inclusions in the enamel. We will be applying enamel to copper. No experience is required, we will start from ground zero and you’ll soon be turning out beautiful pieces. The instructor will furnish all equipment and materials.
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Ruth Prince worked as a computer programmer at Oak Ridge, but art was always what she really wanted to do. She left her job and went back to art school at the University of Tennessee. As electives she took classes in silver working and enameling and fell in love with enameling because of the beautiful colors they produced. Her studies were interrupted for a few years while her daughters were young and during that time her art work revolved around children’s crafts but she finally was able to finish her BFA in painting. She found her way back to enameling and metal work when she started making jewelry, because that was easier to sell than paintings! Now years later, she is happy making jewelry and teaching metal working, metal clay, glass fusing and enamels in the Oak Ridge and Knoxville areas.