Hello Mark – I think one of the best all around basic in enameling
books is the one titled Enamels, Enameling, Enamelists by Glenice
Matthews. It not only covers cloisonne, but a little of all the
major enameling techniques. In addition, the text includes
on the basics to beginning the process and covers the
equipment as well.
There are three places to go for equipment and supplies and they are
(moving from the east coast to the west) : Allcraft in New York
(800-645-7124) – Tevil carries both Thompson Enamels as well as a
line of British enamels; Thompson Enamels in Kentucky (800-545-2776)
– they carry their brand of enamels, and Enamelwork Supply Company
in Seattle (800-596-3257) – Coral carries both Schauer Enamels
(German) and Ninomiya (Japanese) enamels. I’m sure there are other
suppliers, but I’ve had the most experience with these.