January 2023: (NEW) Basic Enameling and Bezel Setting Learn small-scale enameling techniques on copper with opaque and transparent vitreous enamels, then learn how to create basic bezel settings for those enamels. Projects to create finished sterling silver pendants and rings will be demonstrated. This class will include both enameling and basic metalsmithing skills. Prior experience is helpful but not required. Irvine Fine Arts Center. Registration opens Nov. 15. www.yourirvine.org
March to mid-April 2023: Basic Enameling - All Levels I rotate a lot of techniques under the "Basic Enameling" title. This one will focus on mason stains. Registration opens February 15.
Mid-April to June 2023: Basic Enameling - Extension This is for past enameling students to bring in pieces they never completed, or ideas for projects they would like to make. I will provide individual consultation and advice. It is like an independent study or open studio class. Not for total beginners, must have prior enameling experience. Registration opens February 15.
I will be teaching one 5 day immersive cloisonne workshop IN PERSON at The Loft Jewelry Studio in Anaheim, California. Registration open now! This workshop is all about designing a cloisonné piece to pair with a "wow" stone into a finished brooch or pendant. I will be working with you ahead of time with stone selection and design, so that we can hit-the-ground-running in the workshop. You do not need prior enamelling experience. However, if you plan to have a completed piece of jewelry, you do need to have intermediate soldering skills. You don't need to be a rock star metalsmith, but in general you should feel confident creating medium-to-large sized bezel settings. www.theloftjewelrystudio.com
Color Starter Kit
I have put together a Color Starter Kit for people who are ready to create traditional leaded cloisonné, but may be overwhelmed by the hundreds of color choices available. The kit is available at www.enamelartsupply.com I put this together initially for my upcoming Pocosin cloisonné workshop, but I really want to share this with everyone. It is the culmination of months of experimentation! My main goal with this kit is to keep cost low - it contains just the basic color families you will likely need to get started with traditional cloisonné.
Here is a link to download a PDF list of the color kit enamels, organized by color family: Color Kit List
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Where to purchase Jill's work?
Only on Instagram! I post pieces as they become available. DM for questions and pricing. The link to my Instagram is here: @jtower_jewelry
This video demonstrates the progression of firing the layers of color on the cloisonne body of my Great Horned Owl necklace.