Plique-a-jour with Fine Slver Metal Clay

Instructor: Christine Woollacott

Course outline: Plique-à-jour is a style of enamelling that uses a delicate metal framework to support free areas of transparent glass. Because plique-à-jour has no metal backing, it is visually similar to a stained glass window. While this technique is beautiful, it is arguably the most challenging form of enamelling. In this class, students will create fine silver frames for plique-à-jour using metal clay. Multiple approaches to enamel application will be covered.

Skill level: Advanced. Patience and steady hands are required!

Prerequisite: Experience working with art clay silver.

Technique: Designing colourful jewellery or components using fine silver clay and glass enamel.

Bring to class:

  • Art clay silver
  • Personal Art clay tools (important tools include slats, pin tools, files and sanding foam)
  • Ceramic paint palette
  • An unused, natural hair brush as tiny as you can find – 000 or smaller. If a small natural hair brush is not available, a small synthetic brush is preferable. I personally like the Dynasty Micron brush line.
  • Personal sketchbook and pens / pencils

Class Cancellation Policy:

  • If you need to cancel, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee.
  • We may re-schedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified and the fees will be refunded or issued as store credit.

Price: 180.00 +HST
Kit Fee: 50.00 Includes: Personal palette of 16 colours of enamel: 1990 Grisaille Black, 2061 Opal White, 2020 Flux for Silver, 2140 Russet, 2222 Flax Yellow, 2310 Peppermint, 2335 Peacock Green, 2410 Copper, 2530 Water, 2610 Sky, 2650 Heron blue, 2715 Rose Purple, 2760 Mauve, 2810 Geranium, 2835 Rose Pink, 2840 Mandarin ? Colours in the palette may change
Duration: approximately 7 hours on each of 2 days!

Students are eligible for our 15% student discount card!
Get yours when you check-in for your class at the front desk!

To register for this session, please call 416-751-1911 or toll-free 1-877-473-2323 now, because many of our sessions fill up quickly! We limit class sizes so you can get the best value.
Only 8 seats total for this class!
About Christine Woollacott

Christine Woollacott grew up in Prince Rupert, a small coastal town in Northern British Columbia. From a young age, she was interested in jewellery design and spent many a rainy afternoon bead weaving. In September 2003, she moved to Vancouver to pursue her education. After completing a Master of Science degree in botany at the University of British Columbia, Christine earned a diploma in Jewellery Art and Design from Vancouver Community College. She now owns a jewellery business called Turritella Designs in Toronto.


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