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Enamel is simply glass fused to metal. It has been valued for centuries due to its resistance to light and chemical damage, glossy surface and the intensity of its colours. Artists and craftspeople continue to use traditional techniques unique to enamel in order to create works that fulfil their requirements, whilst others explore a variety of surface finishes, textures and methods of application that are not usually associated with the medium.
The enamelling course at Bristol School of Art is structured to allow enamellers the opportunity to develop their own practice within a group context. Students new to enamelling will be instructed in basic techniques and supported and encouraged to plan and realise individual outcomes. The intention is to create a critical and supportive environment that will enable all those taking part to discuss and resolve technical issues and to successfully realise concepts. Studio time will be practice based but will include regular peer group reviews of relevant work in any medium.
The enamelling studio is well equipped, with 4 electric kilns, a variety of
different enamels, suitable protective equipment, facilities for cutting and
texturing metal and torch firing etc. Workshop facilities, including a
guillotine and pillar drill, are also available during class
How will I learn?
Matt Benton is an experienced artist and jeweller who has always been fascinated by the medium of enamel and its diverse applications. While a student at Bristol School of Art, he had the opportunity to explore the medium in depth. This led to his involvement in public art projects, national and international exhibition opportunities and the continuing use of enamel within his artwork. Matt has taught enamelling at Bristol School of Art for 19 years and continues to promote the use of the medium by creative practitioners.
Matt will guide and support you throughout the course.
This course is structured to allow enamellers the opportunity to develop
their own practice within a group context. Students new to enamelling will be
instructed in basic techniques and encouraged to begin to plan and realise
personal outcomes. The intention is to create a critical and supportive
environment that will enable all those taking part to discuss and resolve technical issues and ideas and to successfully realise concepts. Studio time will be practice based, but will include regular peer group reviews of relevant work in any media. Students will have access to a specialist studio with four kilns and a range of enamel is provided. Extra costs may be incurred if students
wish to use more costly materials. Costs can be negotiated with the tutor.
This course has no entry requirements, we just ask you have a passion for the subject.
If you have any questions regarding entry requirements please email [email protected] before
completing an online application.
For more information about this course please email [email protected].
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