A dialogue with enamel – silver dish/self directed projects with Jane Short

Ref: S4D32627

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About this course

A great opportunity for lovers of enamelling with some experience to spend time together learning and refining techniques, playing with colour and drawing on the experience of the tutor to find out more about this fascinating subject.

Course Description

An opportunity for enamellers with experience to review and extend current practice and to learn more about the techniques of champlevé, basse taille and cloisonné on silver. You will discuss all things enamel to learn and share as we work.

There will be an opportunity to make a guided project of a shallow silver dish, basse taille enamelled inside. You will use techniques such as punches, textured hammers, chisel engraving, etching and burrs to texture the surface of the silver under the enamel, and the Bonny Doon hydraulic press to form the dish.

Alternatively, you may wish to bring your own pre-prepared items to be enameled or use the time to experiment, practise or learn a new technique to produce a series of enamel test pieces and/or a simple finished piece of jewellery, such as earrings, brooch, pendant or cufflinks.

This course could also suit experienced jewellers wishing to incorporate enamel into their work.

Your tutor encourages an informal chat before the course to find out what you would most like to focus on, in order to gain the most from time spent at the college, especially if you are new to the course. Please contact the tutor through the Booking’s Office at: [email protected]

Course Materials


  • The workshop is equipped with most of the consumables that are needed, such as solvents, etching resists and solutions and has pestle and mortars.

What students need to bring

  • You should supply your own silver or purchase it from the College Shop. The tutor is happy to discuss your possible requirements regarding thickness, etc. before the beginning of the course.
  • You are encouraged to bring your own enamels that you are familiar with.
  • Sketchbook and colour pencils or paints
  • Any source material for ideas that you may have, such as drawings and photos
  • It would be useful to come along with some ideas about ways in which you would like to work with the enamel and what qualities the enamel has that particularly attract you.
  • Any enameling tools you may have, including a pestle and mortar if you have your own
  • A basic hand tool kit is available, but please bring any Jewellery hand tools that you may have that would be useful, such as a piercing saw and blades, engraving tools, etc.
  • A clean large gent’s handkerchief, tea towel or similar absorbent cloth
  • An apron

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Silver can be purchased from the College Shop, which stocks a range of sheet, wire, rod, tube and findings. These will be available in set sizes and lengths, suitable for a wide range of projects.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Your tutor will bring a small amount of a range of enamel colours for which there is a small charge if used. The tutor will also bring a small selection of silver sheet to purchase if needed, including the silver dish project. You must pay the tutor directly for these before the end of the course.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals. Please tie long hair back. Possible equipment restrictions in tutor absence.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

General Information


Jane Short

Jane has had training both as a jeweller and silversmith, graduating from the Royal college of Art in 1979. She has been enamelling since 1974, and has a wide experience of enamelling on silver both on a smaller and larger scale. As well as producing her own work to commission, Jane has many years of teaching experience. Her work can be seen in several collections including the V&A, Fitzwilliam and Ashmolean museums, and the Queens Collection, and she is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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