Intro to Plique à Jour Enamel

May 18 - May 19, 2024

Intro to Plique à Jour Enamel


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $395
Material Fee: $120

Plique-à-jour (French for “letting in daylight”) is a vitreous enameling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel. The effect is often likened to a miniaturized stained glass. In this workshop, you will practice hand-piercing cells in silver sheet metal, make your own tools for enamel application, and you will learn wet enamel packing processes in order to create bright and colorful plique-à-jour designs. You will also have an opportunity to learn cold-connection techniques for jewelry that are suitable for finishing enamel pieces for earrings or pendants. While you are encouraged to bring your ideas to class, the instructor will provide templates for piercing for those who wish to solely concentrate their time on learning a new way to enamel.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Ellyse Bendillo

After years studying jewelry and design, Ellyse Bendillo found an apprenticeship with a master enamellist in 2017. Specializing in antique enamel restoration, Ellyse was first introduced to plique-à-jour enamel in the process of restoring an old Victorian-era figure. While she must employ a wide spread of enamel techniques in restoration work, she has steadily incorporated plique-à-jour into her personal practice. Ellyse was rewarded with an Emerging Artist Residency at the Baltimore Jewelry Center (February 2024) for the purpose of studying applications of this technique, along with enamel paints and lusters, to create her own narrative imagery.

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