Kirsten Denbow – Enamel Portraits: Memories Captured

Duration of Class: One Day (6 Hours) // Medium: Enamel on Copper // Skill Level: All


Capturing memories of the past has always been an important theme in Kirsten’s work. From remembering her childhood to honoring people who have passed, she expresses that there is something deeply spiritual about making wearable work that captures special moments in time. In this workshop, she will share techniques in metal that will allow you to do the same!

Memories play such an important role in who we are. Do you have a memory of a place, person, pet, or time in your life you would like to honor and turn into a keepsake? Using liquid enamel, photography, and enamel decals and paints we will create a wearable work of art to honor your memories. Settings will be provided and there is no metalsmithing experience required. If you prefer to make our own setting, tools and materials will be provided for that, too!

This workshop can be combined with day two and/or three to create one memory necklace with a sterling silver chain and charm accents


• Kiln firing enamels on copper
• Liquid enamel
• Waterslide decals
• China paints and watercolors
• Metal stamping


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Day 1 (9/28/18)

Class Size

Min # of students: 5
Max # of students: 12

Supply List

  • 3M brand 8211 for dust and fumes. Disposable N95 particulate respirator (or comparable dust mask rated for particulates)
  • Sketchbook
  • Writing utensil
  • Apron (optional)
  • Images (Send images to instructor at least a week before the class. You will get instructions after registering)
  • Kit Fee: $25 per student (payable to instructor at class time)
    Provided by Instructor:
  • Copper shapes for enameling
  • Powder enamels
  • Liquid enamels
  • Decals with your images
  • Generic clip art decals if you don’t want to work with your own images.
  • China paints
  • Enamel watercolors
  • Copper settings for finished enamels
  • Jump rings
  • Metal stamps
  • All tools

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