This class will explore enamel and its cousin overglaze, emphasizing the material’s inherent qualities. It is a material that presents many variables: what oil or water to use, what temperature, what metal? How do we want to present our enameled form, and how do we want it to be experienced? As enamel is emancipated from specific techniques, the material itself takes center stage. The potential of that material and its presentation will be the focus of the class.
Jamie Bennett is Professor Emeritus of the SUNY New Paltz, where he headed the Metal/Jewelry Program from 1986 to 2014. He has received many awards, including the Aileen Osborn Webb Award from the American Crafts Council, an NEA Fellowship, and New York Foundation for the Arts, the James Renwick Alliance’s Outstanding Educator Award, and the SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award. His work is in the permanent collection of over twenty-five museums internationally.