Workshops


If you would like to know more, scroll down to see workshop itineraries!

Classes and workshops offered in MA & RI locations!

If you are interested in taking a class and have a suggested time or workshop,

please email me at CaitMarchettiJewelry@gmail.com as I'm always looking for what locations and times are best for those who are interested! If you have a party of 4 or more, a private workshop can be scheduled, email for more information.


Upcoming Workshops with Cait Marchetti


One-Day Workshop: Illustrating Enamels I

Location: Studio 217 at Cutler Mills, 30 Cutler St, Warren, RI.

Available Workshop Dates:

(Sunday, October 15th, 11:00-5:00 pm) (Saturday, October 21st, 11:00-5:00 pm)

Scroll to bottom for workshop itinerary.

Registration for Illustrating on Enamels 101 with Cait Marchetti, Sunday October 15th

This workshop runs on Sunday October 15th from 11:00 - 5:00 pm (6 hrs with a half hour social lunch break, and half hour jewelry finishing time included). Scroll down page for detailed workshop itinerary. The $100 fee includes all materials needed and tuition.

 

Details: Lunch isn't provided, but there are many local restaurants including a grocery store and deli next door, a full sized fridge/freezer and microwave in the studio for your use. This class runs based on interest, and you will be refunded in the (extremely rare) case that it doesn't run, or can have the option of a make-up date. The class size is minimum of 3 maximum of 7, but is usually about 4-6 people. Please include your contact information (including phone number) at checkout. This class will take place at Cait's studio in Warren, RI. You must be able to climb stairs, and there is free parking close by.

 

Safety: By registering for this class you are agreeing to adhere to the safety rules and understand that you are responsible for your own safety in this workshop. Do not touch the kiln at any time including during the demonstration, and listen to safety protocol. This is mainly a drawing class with the option of some wet-packed enameling, and is not an advanced enameling class: you will not operate the kiln. That portion of the class will be a demonstration, with your safety in mind. *Children under 12 are allowed to participate in the class on the condition that they must be accompanied by a guardian at all times, and in some cases may not be allowed in the kiln area.* 

Contact: Make sure to email Cait at the time of purchase to confirm your attendance and discuss what shape, size and color enamel pendant you would like to start with, and to get any directions to the class you may need. (If  you already know what you'd like for your pendant, you may look at the last two photos and write your choice of shape and color in a note at checkout.) If you are wanting a shape or color not listed, there is an added charge but feel welcome to inquire. 

 

I look forward to seeing you in class! :)

$100.00

  • Available

Registration for Illustrating on Enamels 101 with Cait Marchetti, Saturday October 21st

This workshop runs on Saturday October 21st from 11:00 - 5:00 pm (6 hrs with a half hour social lunch break, and half hour jewelry finishing time included). Scroll down page for detailed workshop itinerary. The $100 fee includes all materials needed and tuition.

 

Details: Lunch isn't provided, but there are many local restaurants including a grocery store and deli next door, a full sized fridge/freezer and microwave in the studio for your use. This class runs based on interest, and you will be refunded in the (extremely rare) case that it doesn't run, or can have the option of a make-up date. The class size is minimum of 3 maximum of 7, but is usually about 4-6 people. Please include your contact information (including phone number) at checkout. This class will take place at Cait's studio in Warren, RI. You must be able to climb stairs, and there is free parking close by.

 

Safety: By registering for this class you are agreeing to adhere to the safety rules and understand that you are responsible for your own safety in this workshop. Do not touch the kiln at any time including during the demonstration, and listen to safety protocol. This is mainly a drawing class with the option of some wet-packed enameling, and is not an advanced enameling class: you will not operate the kiln. That portion of the class will be a demonstration, with your safety in mind. *Children under 12 are allowed to participate in the class on the condition that they must be accompanied by a guardian at all times, and in some cases may not be allowed in the kiln area.* 

Contact: Make sure to email Cait at the time of purchase to confirm your attendance and discuss what shape, size and color enamel pendant you would like to start with, and to get any directions to the class you may need. (If  you already know what you'd like for your pendant, you may look at the last two photos and write your choice of shape and color in a note at checkout.) If you are wanting a shape or color not listed, there is an added charge but feel welcome to inquire. 

 

I look forward to seeing you in class! :)

$100.00

  • Available

Syllabi for Workshops Offered


Illustrating on Enamels I Workshop

At Studio 217 at Cutler Mills, Warren RI, with instructor Cait Marchetti, Single day workshop 

(duration 11:00-5:00 pm approx 6 hours with a half hour lunch break and half hour of finishing time included)

Or Split Two-day workshops (usually 5:00-7:30 pm across two weeknights)

Cost of tuition & materials fee for this workshop is $100, all materials are provided by the instructor

and you will take home an enamel  necklace (or earrings) with your illustration, finished with sterling silver bail and chain.

 

Workshop description: For beginners to expert artists!

Turn your dearest illustrations into preserved wearable jewelry. Preserve your own drawings in enamel jewelry with the help of an instructor!

This workshop is open to all skill levels. If you are an artist, great! You will LOVE preserving your work forever in glass jewelry! If not, there are plenty of simple nature designs that can be made with dots of enamel, pigments and simple line drawings, and pattern motifs on your favorite outfit, that you can do with or without my help! Or you may choose an art style you feel comfortable with such as abstract inspired designs.

It's easier than you think-- really! Here's why:

The great thing about this class is that all the drawing and painting aspects can be wiped clean off if you make a mistake with any of the wet-packed enamel pigments or graphite. Firing it in the kiln is like saving your progress, and you can build more layers of color and drawings on top of that. In this way, it is a very forgiving medium-- before it is fired. I will be doing the firing during a demonstration, so you don't have to worry about that. 

Time: 6 hours with a break (dependent on individual student drawing time, optional to take advantage of full time period)

 

11:30

Introductions (approx. 5-10 minutes)

 

11:40

Explanation of Process and Demonstrations (40 minutes)

Cait will explain the enameling process and how drawing on enamel works.

The great thing about this class is that all the drawing and painting aspects can be wiped clean off if you make a mistake with any of the wet-packed enamel pigments or graphite. Firing it in the kiln is like saving your progress, and you can build more layers of color and drawings on top of that. In this way, it is a very forgiving medium-- before it is fired. I will be doing the firing during a demonstration, so you don't have to worry about that. 

 

Then you will get to see a demonstration of drawing on enamel and see some finished pieces. Demo drawing with enamels wet-packing technique and have fired pieces (later steps) to show the process.

Optional use of wet-packed enamels for more vibrant colors. The second optional class would be required to finish the project with the use of this technique. Note that it is also somewhat harder to control, even in the kiln it may have bubbles where it needs to be retouched. If wet-packed enamels are used on both sides, a taped-down toothpick is used to elevate the enamel as to not smudge the enamels while illustrating the other side. For all the extra work, these enamels can be worth the extra effort. I recommend this technique for brighter colors such as red and sometimes lime or orange hues. If you are interested in trying this technique or using a combination of techniques instead of graphite and pigments alone, let me know! 

 

12:20

Choose and Finalize Designs (on Paper) (20-40 minutes with a break at the start or in the middle for lunch)

Finalize illustrations and narrative ideas on paper. I will assist during this time whenever needed. I will supply thumbnail paper with circles drawn to scale for you to draw your final design on. This doesn’t require detail, mainly just to get the layout and main idea sketched out. (30 minutes)

 

12:40

Break for Lunch/ Snack! (30 min)

 

1:10

Come back and finish finalizing designs (20 min)

 

1:30 

Drawing on Enamels! (optional-  1 hour and 4o minutes max, 50 minutes max. per side)

Cait will pass out materials, get everyone set up with pencils, enamel, holding agent, toothpicks, pigments, tape and platform. It's okay to make mistakes, and to practice first! 

You begin to draw on your enamel (simplest side or back first). I will assist with any illustration issues, erase (using my handy etchant) any mistakes done in pigments, (water and paper towel) any enamel mistakes. No rush, you have one hour to draw on both sides. If you finish early, that’s okay! You can move on to the next step of turning your pendant in. Its up to you how long you spend on this part. (approx 20 min to 1 hour) If you finish early that is okay, there will be drawing exercises you can work on, including hard boiled colored eggs to practice on (the texture is the same as enamels). 

 

2:30 - 3:10

Pass In Your Pendant 

Once illustrations on the back side are done, flip over and carefully without moving the piece, keep it on the platform, tape it with Frog Tape, trying not to move or smudge the side that is done. Try not to move it while drawing, this is where the tape comes in handy! Use as much tape as you need to secure it, it can be cut away with an exacto knife later.  

When your illustration is done on both sides of the enamel, bring it to me to turn in, still taped on your platform for me to carefully remove and fire in the kiln.  If you finish early there will be some drawing exercises, including hard boiled eggs (same texture as enamels) to practice on! 

 

3:10 - 4:00 

Firing and Finishing (demonstrated and done by Cait, with the use of a kiln)

I will fire them, grind the burned edge and dip in a dark patina, then solder a sterling silver bail on and polish it. It will then be put on an adjustable sliding knot cotton cord in the color of your choice, or on a sterling silver chain.

 

The object of this class is to have fun, enjoy drawing together, and create a lovely piece of jewelry among other students. Please be considerate and kind to yourself and others in my classes and let’s encourage each other creatively and have a great time making beautiful jewelry!

 

Please, if possible, bring these two things:

 

1) A sketchbook (approx 8”x 11”) to be used for sketches and as a platform for drawing on. I will have some paper and a platform of sorts if you don’t have a sketchbook to bring, but please try to email ahead of time so that I can be sure to bring enough.

 

2) Idea(s) and inspiration for drawing (or narrative idea, example seed on one side flower on the other) for both sides of the pendant. This could be a motif on a patterned textile you own or outfit maybe you'll want to wear or bring to the class to copy. There will be time during the class to finalize your design, but please come with ideas if possible to speed the process. Please keep in mind the pendant size is about the size of a quarter, so keep it simple or able to fit within the space. 

 

All other materials will be supplied but feel free to bring any graphite based (or underglaze) drawing tools if you’d like to experiment, stencils, or erasers. Keep in mind the pendant is about the size of a quarter, and non-graphite based items such as colored pencils will not work for this technique.

 

All other materials are provided:

An enamel pendant, already prepared with the base layer

Mechanical pencil with eraser

Pigments

Toothpicks

Painter’s Tape

Enamels (for wet-packed enamels technique)

Glass Etchant

Holding agent

Water

Paper towels


Higher level classes will be offered dependent on interest,

please contact Cait at CaitMarchettiJewelry@gmail.com for inquiries or suggestions. :)


Illustrating on Enamels II- Enameling Techniques & Using Gold Foil

*Available based on interest*

Multi-class workshop for those who have some experience with enameling.

In this course students will learn and try a variety of enameling techniques, including working with gold foil. 

Feel welcome to inquire about details via the artists' email.