Cloisonné is the delicate art of shaping thin strips of wire on a surface and then filling it with colour, creating unique designs. In this workshop, we will take fine silver wire, shape it and place it on copper. We then use powdered glass to fill it in and fuse everything in a kiln, layer by layer. This process is meticulous but very satisfying. Students will walk away either with cloisonné work that may then be ready to wear or with work that is ready to be set into bezels of their own making. Prior to class, students are encouraged to come up with some design options that they can bring to the workshop.
Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty (as well as an apron if you wish).
Athanasia Vayianou, was born in Limassol, Cyprus. The island’s politically charged history had an impact on everyone growing up there, her response was to develop an awareness and appreciation for family, history, and nature. Having access to art classes and creative studies all throughout her secondary schooling, it became a way of expressing herself. Moving to Canada and enrolling at NSCAD University, Vayianous discovered her love of Art and History and a passion for Metalsmithing. She graduated in 2017 with a BFA majoring in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing and is currently a resident in the airCRAFT residency at the Centre for Craft.