METAL ENAMELLING WORKSHOP BY VIVEK DAS

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We are conducting a ‘Metal Enamelling Workshop’ by Vivek Das on Saturday 12th September, 2015 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm atSpace 118, 118, Wadi Bunder Road, Opp. Copper Castle bldg., Near St. Mary’s School, Mazagaon, Mumbai-400010. For directions kindly see our website – http://www.space118.com/contact.html.

ABOUT VIVEK DAS: Vivek Das graduated from Sir. J.J. School of Art, Mumbai and joined as a faculty member in the same institute teaching Metal Enameling and various other processes for 25 years. He has worked with the Jewellery Training Institute and Indian Institute of Jewellery. As a freelance artist, he has participated in many solo and group shows allover India. Vivek mainly works on copper and steel.

WHAT WILL BE TAUGHT: Enamelling is an old and widely adopted craft. For most of its history it was mainly used in jewelry and decorative art. Enamelling is the fusion of a special powdered glass to metals. The glass can be applied using different techniques, but all methods use heat to melt the powder. Enamel is glass which fuses onto metal at temperatures of between 780 – 830°C. It is a combination of silica and soda ash with the addition of small amounts of metal oxides to give the glass its colour.

1. Champlevé is a technique in which the surface of the metal is recessed to form cells into which enamel may be placed.

2. Cloisonné is the art of enameling within cells produced by attaching metal wires to a metal base. This is the most popular and most practiced techniques.

3. Plique-à-jour is a development of cloisonné. Cells are pierced from sheet metal or constructed from filigree, light passes through the transparent enamel framework, creating an appearance similar to stained glass.

In India, Enamelling has been practiced only for 400 years after the Mughals, although its history is over 2,000 years old. Apart from the above mentioned traditional techniques there are many more modern techniques practiced today, as almost every Enamellist has developed their own methods.

All participants will paint in the miniature format which is similar to acrylic painting. Participants will use colours which are in the form of glass powder which is fired between layers to fix them on the copper sheet. The powder colours are mixed with water in proper consistency to paint with brush. One can fire it as many times between layers, each firing will be for 2/3 minutes. This technique is waterproof, weather proof and will not fade.

WHAT YOU NEED TO GET: Nothing but yourself!

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED: 1 no. 4″ X 4″ pre-coated copper sheet, colours, brushes and other required materials.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Open to all from the age 10 and above.

WHAT YOU NEED TO PAY: The fees for this workshop is available on request.

There will be tea and light refreshments served.

Since we have limited seats we will confirm your spot only after receiving the payment for this workshop by 9th September.

For registration information please email – space118studios@gmail.com

Please clearly mention your name, email id and cell phone numbers when making the payment and if you are booking a seat for two or more people kindly mention everyone’s names and contact details as well. Fees once paid cannot be refunded.