January 11-15, 2017 - Enameling for 3D Plique-a-Jour with Patsy Croft

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January 11-15, 2017 - Enameling for 3D Plique-a-Jour with Patsy Croft





This class meets January 11-15, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm) and is followed by an optional open studio session, January 18-22

Plique a Jour in 3D is known as backless cloisonné or windows of light.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the early Master’s work of Plique a Jour including how they possibly achieved this extraordinary work. With exploring the expansion of various enamels and capillary action you will be able to put your skills to the test by forming and saw piercing fine silver to create your own 3D jewels of light, sparkling through beautiful colors of enamel.

In a kit provided, students will have a sample leaf of fine silver and a selection of enamels to work with. You are encouraged to bring fine silver sheet of 16-18 gauge and enamels of your choice to further develop your imagination.

The Birth of a Cloisonne Artist
“Bright colors we can find only in nature, quality craftsmanship that will outlast the seasons, and a promise to do my part with the gifts I’ve been given.”

— Patsy Croft, Jewelry Designs

Stylish, intense, yet entirely down-to-earth, PATSY CROFT lives life outside the lines, refusing convention and championing individuality. Ironic, considering the cloisonné artist spends her days working carefully inside lines she craft in gold. But creativity will never be easily lost with Patsy.

With a body of work inspired by her travels and love of nature, She has earned a national reputation for her enamel jewelry. For Patsy, cloisonné represents a place to use her line drawings, a way to fulfill her passion for brilliant colors, and a chance to pay homage to the world of nature.

My collection combines classical techniques with contemporary original designs for today’s client. High karat metals of silver and gold are designed to receive beautiful colors of enamel and precious stones, to create an eye-catching jewel of lasting quality. I believe jewelry is an expression of one’s personality, and I strive to create a unique piece of art that the client will forever enjoy.