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I have been enameling for over 30 years, mostly retired now and doing
glass fusing. I have done fine silver cloisonne’ on fine silver AND
copper, Gold cloisonne’ on both fine silver and sterling and 18 Kt.,
copper enameling, casting fine silver & 18 Kt. forms to enamel on. My
speciality is Plique-a’-jour. I also did Champleve’. Would love to
answer questions on any type of enameling. I used a front loading kiln
with a set point control.

Mostly physical disability keeps me from standing in front of kiln.
That’s why switched to fused glass, can load kiln, set computer (which I
now have) and go rest. Also Arthritis keeps me away from cloisonne’. I
will have my web page up in a couple of months and will have photos of the
Alverno College Mace which I made 5-6 years ago. Am currently working on
the Presidents Necklace. Will have a drawing of the piece on site also.

Keep my E-Mail address and fire away, questions that is. If I don’t have
the answers I can tell you where to find them. So good to hear there are
really enamelists out there.


Pat, I am an enamelist, mostly cloissone. I am just beginning to do plique
a jour, which I love. Do you have any special techniques?

Hi -

What a great idea - having a list of those who want to talk about
enameling!! Took my first class about 4 years ago and thought I’d died
and gone to heaven !! Since then, have been playing around with a number of
different forms, including cloisonne and champleve.

Have started a plique-a-jour bowl and did some enameling on some
hollow copper electroform pieces (projects from another class).
Most recently, have begun combining enamel with granulation techniques.
I like the idea of creating and decorating a form (like a box) without
solder and using enamel on it as well.

Laura Wiesler, Towson, Maryland

HI! too many to go into right now. But, ask questions as they arise.
However, I will be gone June 11 - 13rd. I am a fanatic about lead bearing
transparents. There just isn’t any other enamel to use for Plique-'a-jour.

Not much sense for “light of day” if it isn’t completely and absolutely
clear as cathedral glass.

Not much sense for “light of day” if it isn’t completely and absolutely
clear as cathedral glass.

does the lead trans have less bubbles? my lead free trans plique a jour
pieces have many tiny bubbles in them, my instructor said nonetheless that
it was still pretty good, did he mean “pretty good for lead-free”? also,
what size grains do you feel gives best transparency? i say the biggest
(60) others say smallest (300)… Robb

Found amost interesting book in the library:


History, Technique and Appreciation
Lawrence A. Coben and Dorthy C. Ferster

Published by John Weatherhill Inc., N.Y. and Tokyo
First Edition 1982

Describes wireless cloisonne’ and other processes apparently
developed in Japan.