9 10 2011

We are so pleased to have a new instructor to CFCF, Barbara Lewis, author of the new book, “Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire.” Barbara is a local artist from Maryland but is known across the country for her mixed media work and newly developed torch-worked enamel technique.  She has a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.  Her ceramics education gave her a unique understanding of the effects of the flame on torch-fired enamels. She has explored the impact of oxygenated and reduced flames on enamel color which parallels her experience with glazes and some of her award-winning ceramics.

Her work has appeared in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Handcrafted Jewelry, Bead Trends, Bead Unique, and Stringing Magazines. She created and moderates the Painting with Fire Ning ( as a place for jewelry artists with a touch of pyromania to go for moral and technical support.    She recently released her  North Light book, “Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire,” which is the only book in the marketplace dedicated solely to torch-fired enamel.   Check out her blog at  and author website, and come join us at Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2012 in February. Info on Barbara’s workshop is listed below.

LEWIS - Painting With Fire Beads

LEWIS – Painting with Fire – Torch-Fired Enamel Beads and Pendants (Fri. 17 Feb. 9:00AM) Using this affordable, easy and fun approach, we will enamel over 50 beads and several pendants. Learn how to manipulate the flame to create darkened edges, smoky hazes, and enamel flows. We’ll do some super-cool things like embed wire shapes and copper gears into our enamel pendants. You’ll experience the joy of color as you choose from over 35 enamels … use them all during this workshop so that you’ll learn what you like! You will have your own workstation where your torch will be securely clamped to the table … no handheld torches here! We will disprove the notion that only copper, silver and gold can be readily enameled. We will be enameling a wide range of bead styles and designs using basic and striking color combinations. A comprehensive 8-page tutorial, which is the foundation of her book, “Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire,” will be provided for you at the workshop. It takes you step-by-step through the workshop so that you can recreate this experience when you go back home. Barbara offers moral support and technical support at, where you’ll meet over 1,300 friendly members excited about torch firing, so join her at the “ning” while you await the workshop.  For other sources of inspiration, visit Barbara’s book website, All workshop materials will be provided.  The materials fee is $35 payable to instructor at beginning of class. Students will bring nothing but themselves!  To register for Barbara’s class, download registration form here.




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17 11 2011

[…] learn more about Barbara’s class at CFCF and to register for her workshop, click here. SCHWARZENBERG: One Cane […]

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