Enameling I

Enameling I

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Class Days: Please make a selection aboveTuesdaySaturday

Class Time: Please make a selection above6:30pm-9:30pm10am-6pm (15 total hours)

Age Group: Ages 16+

Class Code: Please make a selection above2ENL10B22-A2ENL10A22-B

Entry Level Class (No prerequisite required) in Enameling

Price: $450.00

Member Price: $422.50

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Discover the ancient art of fusing glass to metal. You will learn techniques in metal preparation and fabrication for enameling, kiln properties and firing methods, properties of enamel, and dry and wet applications.

This class is a prerequisite for the CREATE Program, a way for students to use our studio space, tools, and equipment to work on individual projects.

Can’t wait for class? Learn more about the steps for making your own enameled work of art on our blog!

All students must review and adhere to all of The Crucible's Health and Safety Guidelines to best protect our students and staff during this public health crisis. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test is required for all students. Starting January 1, vaccinations are required for everyone age 12+. If your class is cancelled by The Crucible due to updated county guidance, we are pleased to offer you a refund for a class or session that cannot run.
For adult classes, youth ages 12+ are welcome to take any adult class for ages 16+, if the parent/guardian is registered in the same class with them. The only exception is for classes in the Glass Blowing Department, where youth must be 14+ to register with their parent/guardian. Adult classes marked 18+ are only for adults over the age of 18. For youth classes, the age requirements stated on the class are generally non-negotiable, unless a student has taken multiple prior classes with us and gets approval from Crucible staff and the class instructor for an exception.
Students who withdraw at least seven days prior to the first scheduled session of a class will receive a full refund, minus the non-refundable $50 registration fee. No portion of tuition will be refunded or transferred if a withdrawal is made less than seven days before the class start date. Classes are subject to cancellation; and in the event that The Crucible cancels a class, students receive information about refund, credit, or transfer. If you are interested in taking a class, register early so we know you're interested! There are no make-up classes. No exceptions. While it is infrequent, instructors are subject to change. See all of The Crucible's Policies and Resources.
At The Crucible, you must dress safely and appropriately. Arrive for class in all-natural fiber clothing, long pants, and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with socks that protect up to the ankle. Long hair must be tied back. Nylon, polyester, spandex, or other synthetics are not allowed around machines, equipment, or processes that can produce hot fragments, sparks, or flames. Layers are encouraged as the studio can be very cold or very hot. Additional protective gear will be provided as needed. The CDC has a guide to acceptable cloth masks that help prevent the spread of infection. Bandannas will not be accepted inside The Crucible.
The Crucible is conveniently located at 1260 7th Street, Oakland, CA, just two blocks east of the West Oakland BART station. There is a student parking lot with spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lot fills up quickly, and we encourage students to bike or take public transit to class. For weekend or weeklong classes, there are great places to grab food around the area, including at 7th West and Mandela Grocery Cooperative, as well as a microwave on-site at The Crucible for students who wish to warm up packed lunches.

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Iris Willow

Iris Willow is an enamel jewelry artist based in San Francisco where she lives with her partner and young daughter. Iris has always had a creative streak which led her to study art in college, graduating with a BFA with a concentration in graphic design from Colorado State University. After college, she began taking metal classes for fun. She was first introduced to enameling while living in Santiago, Chile and taking jewelry classes from a local jeweler. She fell in love with the possibility of adding color to her jewelry. Upon returning to the States, she bought a kiln and began experimenting, supplementing her enameling knowledge with workshops along the way. She loves exploring a wide variety of enameling techniques in her jewelry.

Iris gains inspiration for her jewelry from the world around her, including her many travels and adventures living abroad. She’s lived in Italy, Thailand, Laos, Chile and Argentina, but is always drawn back to the Bay Area. She is also inspired by nature, seeking out patterns and colors she observes as she explores the natural world. She also draws inspiration from textile patterns and geometric shapes and enjoys playing with line and mark making. She brings her graphic designer eye to her jewelry designs, favoring bold clean patterns and color combinations in her jewelry. She sells her jewelry on her website, at local galleries, and at local craft shows.

Iris began teaching enameling workshops in 2015, initially out of her studio. She loves introducing her students to a new art form and seeing their creativity blossom through experimentation. Iris is a very patient and thorough teacher and is excited to be part of the Crucible.


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