White and black enamelling – an in-depth exploration with Jessica Turrell

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About this course

Explore the potential of white and black enamels to produce delicate and beautiful textures, patterns and surfaces. Investigate a variety of experimental and traditional enamelling techniques to create a set of samples and a simple finished piece.

Course Description

This course will give you the chance to explore a number of experimental enamelling techniques using a variety of white and black enamels. White enamel has an amazing capacity to change; the heat of the kiln and the interaction with the underlying metal can produce an array of beautiful colours. Black enamel will act as a contrast. Working with this simple palette will enable you to really understand how to control the sifting and the firing, allowing you to achieve a more refined and interesting surface.

Working on copper sheet and mesh, you will explore a variety of techniques, suitable for both jewellery and small scale three-dimensional work, and for wall based artwork. These will include sifting, stencilling, sgraffito, under and over firing, surface finishes, working over an altered metal surface and adhesive mark-making.

You will be taught through a series of demonstrations and one-to-one instruction. You will be encouraged to experiment and to develop your skills through the production of a series of samples that relate to your personal aesthetic. Construction and mounting techniques will be discussed and you will also have the chance to make samples for a simple finished piece.

The tutor will bring a selection of samples, which will help you to appreciate what is possible with the techniques covered on the course.


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)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of some materials shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring reference images of textures and patterns as inspiration. These might be in the form of your own photographs, found images from newspapers and magazines, rubbings of textures, drawings, etc.
  • A notebook
  • A pen
  • A camera, if you have one, to record your samples
  • An apron
  • Closed toe footwear is essential.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • We have a generously stocked craft shop, which opens daily from 8:30am–2pm.
  • For any materials you need to purchase from the shop, we suggest you do so during the first morning of your course, after having discussed them with your tutor.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Copper mesh and foil

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.


Jessica Turrell

Jessica Turrell is a well-established jeweller with over 25 years teaching experience. Her focus is on the use of vitreous enamel using non-traditional techniques in combination with metal texturing. Jessica studied at Central Saint Martins and has an MA in multi-disciplinary printmaking from UWE, Bristol. She exhibits nationally and internationally.


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

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