Ricky Frank, a master enamelist, has been making and selling cloisonné enamel jewelry for over 35 years. A self-taught artist, his work is known for incredible depth, clarity and blending of colors. His award winning jewelry has been exhibited at some of the top national craft shows, including the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show. A frequent instructor at Arrowmont, he has also taught with Arizona Craftsman, Florida Society of Goldsmiths, Rio Grande Tools, and at The Enamelist Society Conference.
“My students come from all types of backgrounds; sometimes they are painters who want to learn about glass on metal, retirees who want to learn a new hobby, jewelers who want to add some color into their work, and more.”
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Cloisonne Enameling with Ricky Frank
Learn the process of cloisonne enameling from start to finish and turn precious metals into colorful works of art using principles Ricky has learned and perfected over 35 years of working with these materials.
Gain access to an online pre-class resource with a large number of lessons and videos! Ricky provides this tool as an extension of his teaching which gives students the opportunity to learn the basic principles ahead of time and get the most out of the time spent in class.
With these techniques you will have the ability to create a narrative piece. Ricky will help you not only learn how to go through the steps but understand what you want to say with your artwork. You have the opportunity to tell a unique story with every design and this class will nurture your creative energy as well as your potential to bring your ideas into existence.
What exactly is Cloisonne Enameling?
This ancient technique is a way to create the perfect canvas for your enamel. It will enable you to enhance your work and create a completely unique piece.
Let’s break it down:
Enameling is melting glass onto metal
This can be done by heating grains of enamel with either a torch or a kiln
By understanding how to mix and work with enamels, you can add vivid color and dimension to metals
Cloisonne refers to the process of using wire to separate areas of enamel. Think of it as a frame for enamel paint
Fine silver wire is bent with pliers and tweezers to create designs to be fired onto the metal
Enamel is painted into the wire framework, heated, and repeated until the desired thickness and colors are reached
Whether you are looking to add a new layer of color and texture to your work or expand your abilities to perfect your skills, this class will present a space to explore your craftsmanship.
If you are interested in discovering more about the mechanics of Cloisonne Enameling?
What can I expect from this class?
This class is a space to foster artistic growth and inspire confidence. You will be encouraged and challenged to take risks and embrace the possibility of failure as a tool for furthering your abilities. Problem solving is critical to understanding and Ricky will help you reframe each trial and error as a step to achieving your desired goal.
The principles covered:
- Qualities of enamel and science behind it
- How to prepare various metals for enameling
- Wire shaping and basics to wire working. Create designs to fill with colorful enamels.
- Design and composition. Create a narrative piece of artwork, understand the story you want your design to tell.
- Layering transparent, opaque, and opalescent enamels. Learn how to mix and apply vivid multidimensional colors to your work.
- Finishing and color tests. There are a variety of finishing techniques and details such as glossy, matte, etc. that will determine the look of each piece.
Students will experience full immersion and begin individual projects from day one. Ricky believes that problem solving is critical and inspires students to create their own designs rather than recreating a sample project. You are encouraged to experiment and will leave this class with 6-12 pieces.
Do I need special tools?
Materials and tools will be provided during the class.
The enamel must be heated in order to bond to metal. You will have access to kilns and also learn to torch fire enamel which may be a more readily available resource.
Materials, tools, and kilns will all be available for purchase at a discounted rate if you want to incorporate them into your home studio but it is not necessary for the class.
You will learn how to mix and create unique vibrant colors to add a layer of complete customization to every design!
Ricky’s class will provide a safe place to explore your creativity and learn a complex process guided by the principals and mechanics of the work but free from strict rules. Explore, play, dream, and believe that you can bring your imagination to life!