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The Experimental Techniques of Fred Ball: Part 2 inlays and overlays with Judy Stone July 7 & 14, 2021 4-6 PM ET

The Experimental Techniques of Fred Ball: Part 2 inlays and overlays

with  Judy Stone
Virtual Two-Part Demonstration Workshop using the Zoom Platform
July 7 & 14, 2021 | 4:00-6:00 p.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. Because he also experimented with materials used in ceramics and glass art, it seemed natural for him to broaden the experimental scope of his enameling to the use of all kinds of materials not previously used with the medium.  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 more recent developments that Ball would have loved with Judy Stone, whose own work was greatly influenced by Fred Ball's book. Stone will be teaching 3 separate online workshops based on Ball’s book. The workshops are stand alone. As a whole they represent the gift of Ball’s legacy to the world of enameling.
The Experimental Techniques of Fred Ball: Part 1 liquid enamels, June 16 & 23, 4- 6 PM ET
The Experimental Techniques of Fred Ball: Part 2 inlays and overlays, July 7 & 14, 4-6 PM ET
The Experimental Techniques of Fred Ball: Part 3 foil and mesh structures., August 19 & 26, 4- 6PM ET
Part 2: Inlays and Overlays builds on Ball’s experiments with liquid enamels and what he used to create startling effects and textures. In this workshop we will explore the fusion of all kinds of materials onto an enameled surface. All enameling will be done on a copper base.  Some of the things we will experiment with besides the basics of using liquid enamel:
  • Using liquid enamel as “glue.” 
  • Mixing ceramic pigments and various other materials into a liquid enamel base coat.
  • Firing various glasses, metals, inorganic compounds and chemicals to an enameled surface to create textures and unusual effects.
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 downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Click Here to print your material List 
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Features live demonstration and the ability to ask questions. Participants will have access via Zoom to viewing the recorded demonstration  for two weeks.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferrable with a $25 transfer fee.