3D Cloisonné Enameling with Harlan W. Butt

Monday - Friday, November 6 - 10, 10-6p


Enameling a three dimensional form may have its challenges, but there is a stunning and satisfying outcome. Students will be working on a cut shape from a 20g copper or fine silver sheet and wet packing enamels within the cloisonné wires. Several techniques will be demonstrated with cloisonné as the core application for enameling. This process is essentially drawing with wire and coloring with glass. It can be simple or complex. Everyone will learn how to do cloisonné in 3D from start to finish. Basic metalsmithing/jewelry skills and some enameling experience is helpful, but not required. Students with additional enameling experience may opt to work "in the round" on a vessel and literally defy gravity.

This class is taught by Harlan Butt who is a Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas where he has taught since 1976. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally for over thirty years and spent a year studying enameling and metalsmithing in Kyoto, Japan. Harlan is a past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and a past president of the Enamelist Society.

Materials and Kit Fees:

10 colors are required to enamel with.  If you already have 10 lead-free enamels, you are welcome to bring them with you and we will lower the kit fee for you by calling our studio line at 512-799-0731. All additional enamels are also welcome during class, but please again, make sure they are lead free. 

If you do not have enamels, you may check out as normal and the following 10 colors will be provided, to allow for a balanced color pallette:


2115  Mars

2190  Chestnut

2325  Gem

2530  Water

2610  Sky

2880  Woodrow Red


1140  Chamois

1345  Hunters

1522  French

1940  Steel

Each student will be provided with copper to enamel on, as well as silver wire for the cloisonne work and a selection of enameling tools and foil.  

If you would like to work on a vessel, please let us know and we will have them for sale with extra materials for an additional $30.00.



Tuition: $985 + 240 kit fee (all materials and enamels) $110 kit fee (without colored enamels)

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