Broaden your visual vocabulary by looking closely at numerous rendering techniques such as drawing, painting, printing, sgraffito, stippling, pen & ink and surface texturing. Overall, get more visual information and bang-for-your-buck out of your enamels, while keeping the amount of enamel to a minimum; a real plus for making jewelry.


Who would enjoy this course?

Student level: Previous enamel experience is very helpful.

What you will learn

The 3-day workshop will cover many of the basics of enameling, but we will quickly begin to explore underglazes.  Underglazes can be one of your most useful tools! You can get a lot of visual bang-for-your-buck with these pigments, without adding layers and additional thickness of enamel to the finished piece; a special benefit for jewelry.

Learn to stretch the use of underglazes not only in order to reduce the amount of enamel on your pieces but more importantly, to broaden and expand your visual vocabulary.

I would recommend that you look at my website, specifically ‘Sculpture’ and under ‘Masks’ go to ‘Enamel, Metal….’. There you will see some examples of how I layer up different pieces of enameled copper to make a single piece. And in nearly all of these, I’m using a wide variety of underglaze and layering techniques to accomplish my images and surfaces.

This will be an extensive exploration of

  • Underglazes including oxides,
  • Mason’s stains,
  • Pencils
  • Crayons and others.

Mixing with various water-based media, oils and acrylic, we will investigate a diversity of applications:

  • Drawing
  • Painting, printing
  • Sgrafitto
  • Pen & ink and more

What’s included

During this 3-day workshop you will receive instruction, handouts, demonstrations, hands on practice, some individual guidance as needed, and time to complete several projects.  The number of pieces will depend on the complexity of your design(s), your previous experience, and how quickly you learn the techniques.

There will be a $30 Material Fee payable at sign up or directly to the instructor.

Costs include all materials and supplies.  In addition, you will get:

  • Access to over 150 different enamels for use during the workshop
  • Use of the extensive Foundation equipment, furnaces, and tools needed to complete your project
  • On-site access to one of the few retail stores in the US offering enamel and enamel supplies
  • Exposure and inspiration during our breaks from hundreds of beautiful ancient and modern enamel pieces in our world-class art enamel museum, the largest diverse collection of art enamels in the world

Who would enjoy this course?

Student level: Previous enamel experience is very helpful.

Our Instructor

Martha Banyas is a longtime Portland resident, artist, educator, and dealer of ethnographic arts, who has been working in enamels for over 40 years. She is widely known in Portland for her former gallery Apa Ini, which featured textiles, artifacts, and art from Southeast Asia and central Europe. During her extensive travels to SE Asia and Turkey, her work evolved in many directions including mask-making, life-size puppet design, and jewelry, as well as small-scale sculpture. In 2005, she returned to studio enamel and metal work full time. Her work has been exhibited nationally including shows at Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Mobilia Gallery, Boston, MA, American Craft Museum, NY, Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR, Greenwood Gallery, Washington, D.C., Contemporary Carts Gallery, Portland, OR, and internationally in Germany and Japan.

  • Graduated BA, Miami University of Ohio 1966; MA Ohio University 1968.
  • Moved to Portland Oregon 1970, and working as an artist, with enamel as primary art medium since 1972.
  • Full time faculty Mt. Hood Community College, 1972—1985. Head of printmaking department, taught metals, developed and taught enameling, developed extensive enamel slide bank, both historic and contemporary.
  • Lectured and taught enameling workshops all over the US, and in Canada & Japan.
  • Numerous one-woman and group exhibitions, worldwide from 1973.
  • Traveled extensively in Asia and Eastern Europe since 1981. 1985—2005 owned Apa Ini,dealing in fine and unusual handmade, ethnographic objects from various countries.
  • From 2005, full-time studio artist.

Martha Banyas, Artist

Where it will be held

The workshop will be held at the Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation headquarters at 645 Colfax Avenue in Bellevue, KY, right across the river from Cincinnati.  We are about ten minutes from downtown Cincinnati, but in an area of northern Kentucky that has less traffic and is a bit easier to navigate than the big city.  Although our headquarters is housed in one of the largest facilities in the world dedicated to art enameling, we enjoy being a part of the small river community of Bellevue on the “south bank” of the Ohio river.  In fact, the mayor is on our Board of Directors.

We are tucked away in a small, quiet industrial park off Berry Avenue.  You will find plenty of parking alongside our building and in a large gravel lot in front of the industrial building next door.  For a map and more information, <click here>.

How you should prepare for the course

Supply List of things students need to bring:

  • Assorted brushes (3-4), starting with #00 (or smaller if you like) and up, red sable if possible
  • pencils, pen stock and pen nibs (not calligraphy but straight nibs), ruler, sketchbook, dust mask, scissors, x-acto knife & spare blades
  • paint tray with multiple mixing wells, preferably glass or ceramic…not plastic.
  • GellyRoll pens #50 white, #551 gold, #553 silver.
  • tracing paper 8” x 10” (or larger), 2 sheets
  • enamel scoop or spatula (if you have it)
  • small 1/2 round file
  • biology probe, pointer, or scribe
  • black underglaze pencil
  • 3, 3” sq of 18-20 gauge copper….or a large piece of copper that can be cut
  • If you have 150 or 200 mesh, small 2” sifters, please bring those too…we will use these a lot!

Please do not wear sandals, open-toed shoes, scarves or other clothing with tassels or loose ends that could get caught in tools or equipment.

How to save the cost of this workshop

Young and old of various economic means attend our workshops.  All are welcome!  If you want to save money, we can help.  Of course, you will want to start by becoming a Premium Member and saving 15% off the cost of the workshop <click here to join>.

Travel will be the biggest part of your cost unless you live close by.  Cincinnati is one of the lowest-cost metropolitan areas to visit, but we can help you get the cost even lower!  See this resource page for money-saving travel information that could help you save the entire cost of the workshop, maybe even more: <click here>.  If you don’t have a car when you are in town, we might even be able to give you a ride from a nearby hotel.

In addition, you may want to stay a few days extra days to enjoy some of world-class attractions that the Cincinnati area offers (in addition to our workshops!).  We have listed some of our favorite places here: <click here>.

Cancellation Policy

If cancelled within 30 days of the workshop, no refunds are issued.  If cancelled more than 30 days prior to the workshop, a refund (less a $60 service fee) may be issued if the workshop is fully booked, not including your registration.

If you qualify for a refund, you may apply the total amount to a future workshop conducted in the next 12 months (service fee waived).

Registrations are not transferable.

Class Registration Policy

The Foundation reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment and will notify students of any cancellation at least three weeks prior to the start of the workshop. In the event that WWCEF (The Foundation) cancels a workshop the student will receive a full refund.

The Foundation cannot be responsible for airline tickets or other travel costs in the event of a cancellation.

Safety Procedures Policy

The Foundation is committed to the safety of all students. A series of informational safety procedures have been established for all studio areas that involve some risk of injury in the use of certain equipment. Your instructor will go over safety procedures during your workshop but we would also like for you to be aware of your workshop’s risks before you register for a workshop. As a condition of registration we ask that you read the ‘Safety Procedures Policy’ and acknowledge that you have done so upon registration.

Release of Liability

The Foundation makes every effort to ensure students have a safe and meaningful experience while participating in our activities. However, some aspects of work done at The Foundation can involve a certain amount of risk. Work is done with hot equipment i.e. furnaces, kilns and torches. To safeguard The Foundation we ask students to release The Foundation from liability and voluntarily take on the assumption of risk. As a condition of registration we ask that you read the ‘Release of Liability and Voluntary Assumption of Risk’ and acknowledge that you have done so upon registration.

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