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Depict your Vibe. Enamel workshop with Nora Kovats

Workshop  /  Technics   ProfessionalPractice  /  19 Oct 2019  -  20 Oct 2019
Published: 27.09.2019
Process photo of applying sifting enamel, photo by Nora Kovats..
Process photo of applying sifting enamel, photo by Nora Kovats.

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Intro
In this workshop participants will learn how to enamel on a raised metal surface and construct their own unique brooch. Jewellery artist, Nora Kovats, has been working with enamelling as her primary technique for five years. She will be guiding participants into an intuitive method of designing and enamelling.
This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or jewellers who wish to expand their palette of techniques and explore new enamelling approaches. The structure will consist of an introduction, a detailed demo of dry shifting, stencilling and wet paint enamel and a substantial experimental part where participants are free to create their own work. Students can also sign up for an additional day for more demonstrations and experimentation of advanced techniques such as grisaille (black-and-white enamels), graphite on white enamels, experiments with different melting temperatures, champlevé and cloisonné.


When: 10 am - 5 pm, 19th of October 2019 (an optional second day, 20 October).
Cost: 588 RMB (with an additional 588 RMB for the optional second day).
Language: English with some Chinese translation.
All the materials and tools will be provided.


1 Day workshop breaks down:
• Artist talk and introduction of basic techniques (dry shifting and wet painting) and artist personal approach to enamelling.
• Explanation of necessary preparations for enamelling: cleaning plate, washing paints.
• Demo of basic sifting technique with a chemical explanation of melting points and physical behaviour of enamels.
• Demo of wet paint technique.
• Preparation and first firings on copper test plates.
• Participants press copper plate with the hydraulic press to create a three-dimensional shape and then saw out their own designs. This will be the bases for the enamel which will be finished off as a brooch.
 

Additional day breakdown:
• Introduction to advanced techniques: grisaille (black-and-white enamels), graphite on white enamels, experiments with different melting temperatures, champlevé and cloisonné.
• Demo of different techniques.
• Preparation and first firings on copper test plates.
• Participants design their final piece either a pendant of brooch and use copper and their desired techniques to make their own jewellery piece. The teacher will give guidelines for the projects but allow participants to develop their colour scheme/texture/personal interpretation.


About the artist:

Nora Kovats is a contemporary jewellery artist, illustrator, writer and botanical enthusiast from South Africa. She grew up near Cape Town on a small farm, surrounded by vineyards, fynbos vegetation and the ocean. Nora studied contemporary jewellery design at Stellenbosch University. After graduating with her Masters in Visual Arts, Nora set up her own studio in Stellenbosch. She then relocated to Berlin, where she lives and works now, exhibiting both in Germany and internationally on a regular basis.

Nora is drawn to enamelling as a technique because of its mutability, uniqueness and its seductive possibility for spontaneity, dictated by the firing process.

Through her creative practice, Nora Kovats has begun to open a window into an imaginary world where botanical and animal shapes merge to construct a unique visual language. As an identity-hopper, both South-African and European, she is interested in the way stories, layered over each other countless times, tell of human dreams and yearnings and how we identify through them. These narratives are complex and fragmented compositions, stories-in-stories-in-stories, overlapping, fragile and fluid, yet so powerfully definitive.

Nora’s work is largely botanically inspired. Gardens can be metaphors for identities, always growing, evolving, spilling over its boundaries. The image of the paradisiacal garden unites the desire to organize and discipline nature with the urge to be unconstrained, free, to break through boundaries.
 

Teachers

Nora Kovats
Illustration by Nora Kovats..
Illustration by Nora Kovats.

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Illustration by Nora Kovats..
Illustration by Nora Kovats.

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Process photo of preparing metal for enamelling, photo by Nora Kovats..
Process photo of preparing metal for enamelling, photo by Nora Kovats.

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Process photo of applying sifting enamel, photo by Nora Kovats..
Process photo of applying sifting enamel, photo by Nora Kovats.

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Nora Kovats. Earrings: Leaf Eaters, 2018. Enamel on copper, sterling silver, garnet drops.. 4.5 x 2 x 0.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. Nora Kovats
Earrings: Leaf Eaters, 2018
Enamel on copper, sterling silver, garnet drops.
4.5 x 2 x 0.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
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Nora Kovats. Brooch: Peoletjie, 2018. Enamel, copper, sterling silver, citrine, amethyst, steel wire.. 6 x 5.5 x 3 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. Nora Kovats
Brooch: Peoletjie, 2018
Enamel, copper, sterling silver, citrine, amethyst, steel wire.
6 x 5.5 x 3 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
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Nora Kovats. Brooch: Pomegranate Fantasy, 2018. Enamel, copper, brass, paint, sterling silver, steel pin, 18 ct gold, pink tourmaline, black diamond.. 7.5 x 8 x 3.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Pomegranate Collection. Nora Kovats
Brooch: Pomegranate Fantasy, 2018
Enamel, copper, brass, paint, sterling silver, steel pin, 18 ct gold, pink tourmaline, black diamond.
7.5 x 8 x 3.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Pomegranate Collection
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