Are you fascinated by molten glass, hot metal, and the occasional burst of flames? (We are pretty sure the answer is “yes.”) The art of Enameling combines all of these factors in one class. Enameling is the ancient art of fusing molten glass to metal. It is easy to learn, and you’ll see quick results.

Once you get the hang of it, you will open up your creative practices to a world of color. Sheri Jurnecka, Enameling instructor and veteran Crucible volunteer, explained the possibilities of Enameling beautifully, “The results you can get are phenomenal. I love the metamorphosis of going from these little dull matte powders to something that is radiant, luminous, and shiny. You can really bring a piece to life.”

The Crucible is the only dedicated Enameling studio west of the Mississippi. Department head and master enamelist Judy Stone told us, “Enameling is for EVERYBODY! You need no prior experience to get started … Our enameling program is based on decades of my own learning, and it is very science oriented. You get a background in what this medium is, how it works, and how to problem solve.”

We met up with Jewelry and Enameling instructor Holly Carter to create an embossed enamel tile, one of the first projects students create in Enameling I.

Step 1

Emboss Copper Tile

Create an embossed pattern on your copper tile by pressing into the copper with a wooden tool. It’s a bit like drawing in 3D.

Step 2

Apply Counter Enamel

Paint on a thin layer of counter enamel and let it dry. This keeps your tile from cracking and warping in the kiln.

Step 3

Add Color

Use a sifter to add enamel particles to coat your tile in color. You may have to pick up and angle the tile so it is evenly coated. 

Step 4

Gear Up!

Put on your safety glasses and gloves before opening the 1500° kiln.

Step 5


After the kiln reaches 1500°, insert your tile, and set your timer for 1.5 minutes.

Step 6

Marvel At Your Work

Let your tile cool and enjoy!

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