Enamelling on Steel

Jill Leventon

I was particularly interested in reading Dorothy’s article about testing enamels on steel panels.

I did a workshop with Elizabeth Turrell a couple of years ago, and we were told to fire steel at 800°C. In playing with the process later, I did a piece which I hated, using liquid enamels. First I stoned back part of the design and refired it – not nice. So I whacked another layer, this time of white, and sgraffitoed it. Still pretty ghastly.

So I did what I do with copper based pieces I don’t like – put it in the kiln at 1000°C.