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The Experimental Techniques of Fred Ball Part 1: Liquid Enamels with Judy Stone June 16 & 23, 2021

The Experimental Techniques of Fred Ball Part 1: Liquid Enamals

with Judy Stone
Virtual Two-Part Demonstration Workshop using the Zoom Platform
June 16 & 23| Time: 4:00- 6:00p.m. ET
Fred Uhl Ball (1945-1985) was an enamelist who lived and taught in Sacramento, CA. Once viewed as highly unorthodox, Ball's techniques and approach to enameling nonetheless created a firm basis for current contemporary enameling. The techniques he wrote about in his out-of-print Experimental Techniques in Enameling (1972) included working with fire scale, creating collages, using liquid enamel and other materials associated with the porcelain enamel industry and much more. His techniques encouraged enamelists to leave the tight restrictions of classical enameling to embrace looseness and self-expression
Explore a wide range of Ball's techniques and recent developments that Ball would have loved with Judy Stone, whose own work was greatly influenced by Fred Ball's book. 
Part 1: Liquid Enamel pays homage to the materials which Ball had to work with, which in his day were called “crackle” enamels. In this workshop we will explore liquid enamels as Ball used them and how their use has been expanded today. All enameling will be done on copper. 
  • We will test and experiment with the properties of various liquid enamels that are currently available and explore all the possibilities of their use.
  • We will learn the various ways to apply, manipulate and layer over liquid enamel bases including the use of sprayers, resists, and sgraffito
  • We will explore the use of Thompson’s current crackle enamels and the use of soft fusing white opaques
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  • We will look at each others’ experiments and marvel at how we can get so many different results with so few variables.
Experimentation includes problem solving and what is sometimes called science.
In addition to the materials list which is part of this workshop description a PDF file with additional  suggested tools and supplies will be sent to registrants 2-3 weeks before the workshop. Ball’s book, although out of print and quite expensive if purchased through Amazon, can be borrowed to read online at  To learn more about Ball and Judy Stone’s relationship to his book please go to The Enamel Arts Foundation also has a large collection of Ball’s work which can be viewed at
  • participants must have the ZOOM video platform dowloaded on a computer or phone to participate
  • students are encouraged to work in between sessions
  • see suggested materials list here
  • students will receive access to the recorded demonstrations for up to two weeks