At the beginning of April Marcelo Bessi, the Argentinian enameller, who many of us remember as a tutor in our 2021 online conference, ran two ‘real’ workshops for our region. So many members applied that we had to hold one in Glasgow and the second in Edinburgh.

He covered the same topics as his online conference demonstration - oxidation, over-firing and tempering, but this time we were able to do it rather than just watch.

Using Mapp gas torches and soft enamels, we over-cooked sifted layers of soft white and soft flux until they became loaded with copper oxide. Then other layers of different enamels, transparent and opaque, were added and, still using the torch, the amount of heat was varied until quite different colours emerged.

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