Cloisonné workshop given by Melvyn Jennings

Frank Street

Melvyn started the workshop by giving us a quick description of the technique he uses to create his cloisonné pieces. To illustrate the point he showed us some beautiful examples of his work. (Something for us all to strive for).

He explained that the most common method of today is to use thin strips of fine silver or gold (usually rectangular in cross section) which are bent to form the outline of a design. They are attached to the surface of a metal using a thin coat of enamel. Once attached, these bent wires form cells or ‘cloisons’ which are filled with various coloured enamels.