Sunday, 8 November 2009

Water Based Screenprinting for the Enamelling Process

Led by Elizabeth Turrell and Dave Fortune

This three-day course will help you develop your vitreous enamel work with a focus on the creative application of enamel (waterslide) transfers/decals and direct screen-printing on both steel and copper. The skills you will learn can be applied at both large-scale and small-scale.

This course is suitable for those without previous experience of working in enamel although a practical background working within art and design is recommended.

The course will cover:

  • Introduction of print techniques for enamel including historical and contemporary examples to inspire you.
  • Making enamel transfers using both on-glaze and over-glaze ceramic colours.
  • Direct screen-printing onto a pre-enamelled surface.
  • Direct screen-printing onto copper with a water-based resist for etching.
During the course you will be given plenty of time to produce samples using the three techniques demonstrated. The application and procedure of firing your finished samples will also be covered. Full technical support will be given throughout the duration of the course.

Participants will be sent a materials list and you should be prepared to bring images or text on the first day which will be transferred onto two sheets of A3 UWET paper for you to take away on the third day.

The facility:

The Centre for Fine Print Research is a centre for excellence in enamel research and professional practice. The Enamel Studio researchers work with artists, craftspeople, designers and industry to solve problems in working with enamel on both copper and steel. The Studio houses a large-scale purpose-built enamel kiln, the largest of its kind in an educational institution in the UK. A sand blaster and small spray booth are also available and staff can provide advice on sourcing specialist materials. The studio and kiln are available for hire by artists wishing to create their own work and undertake large-scale enamel pieces. The kiln can be hired by the day allowing you to fire as many times as practical during the day.

The tutors:

Elizabeth Turrell is the Senior Research Fellow in Enamel at the Centre for Fine Print Research. She runs the enamel research programme and large-scale enamel facility. She is currently creating an international contemporary vitreous enamel archive and is involved in a series of public commissions in enamel. One of her long-term commitments has been to promote and raise the profile of vitreous enamel and to make enamel a more established area of the visual arts by exploring its creative potential on metal. Elizabeth exhibits nationally and internationally and in addition she has taught widely both in the UK and overseas.

Dave Fortune has worked at UWE for many years managing the water-based screen-printing department at The School of Creative Arts in Bristol. He regularly holds workshops, seminars and summer schools in the UK and internationally. In 1989 Dave spent time at the University of Berlin researching water-based screen-printing. On returning to the University of the West of England he proceeded to set up and run a completely solvent free screen-printing area. His involvement in the story of water-based ink development and water-based ceramic decal development at UWE, Bristol was invaluable. His enthusiasm during those early days of the changeover from oil-based to water-based inks, to his present commitment to disseminating the information to schools, colleges and Universities is boundless.

Limited to 10 participants

Dates: 2 - 4 February 2010
Time: Each day runs from 09.30 - 16.30
Price: £320 (£256 concessions) materials, lunch vouchers, teas and coffees are included in the course fee.

Book online now! please click on the following link: Online Payment or
To book a place please download the application form and return it to:

Marketing and External Relations
University of the West of England,
School of Creative Arts,
Bower Ashton Campus,
Kennel Lodge Road,

For more information on courses/bookings please contact:
0117 3284810

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