Torch enamelling may be fine for small non perfect items, but to
achieve high quality enamelling a kiln is a must.
Simply not true.
How could you achieve this quality of enamelling with a torch?
I suggest you take a class from Marcus Synnot, who can show you how.
Marcus is a retired Australian farmer who became a very talented
He’s self taught. He couldn’t afford a kiln when he started
enameling so he used a torch. Since he didn’t have the “benefit” of
experienced folks telling him he couldn’t do it, he taught himself to
do plique-a-jour with a torch.
I think that’s a lesson in life for us all! Lots of things in life
are possible if we work at it both hard and smart.
I’ve held these pieces in my hand, they are exquisite. The colors
are pure and wonderfully translucent:
He’s also a very good instructor.
That said, much of the torch-fired work I’ve seen has "washed out"
I don’t know if that’s the artist’s chosen color palette, gunk from
the torch (propane-oxygen is MUCH better for this than acetylene),
or if it’s an artifact of careless or untrained torch work. As you
can see from Marcus Synnot’s work, washed out or cloudy colours are
not a necessary outcome.