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The Experimental Techniques of Fred Ball: Part 3 foil and mesh structures with Judy Stone August 19 & 26, 2021 4-6 PM ET

The Experimental Techniques of Fred Ball: Part 3 foil and mesh structures

with  Judy Stone
Virtual Two-Part Demonstration Workshop using the Zoom Platform
August 19 & 26, 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 recent developments that Ball would have loved with Judy Stone, whose own work was greatly influenced by Fred Ball's book. Stone has created 3 separate online workshops based on Ball’s book. Although these workshops are stand alone, students registered for Part 3 will want to have some enameling experience and some knowledge of the use of liquid enamels. As a whole the workshops 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 3: Foil and Mesh Structures builds on Ball’s experiments with copper foil and copper mesh. It is important that all students have some knowledge of liquid enamels and have done some enameling before registering for this workshop.
Because he wasn’t a metalworker per se Ball tended to work with light weight metals such as copper foil, mesh, and wire which he could easily form to make dimensional objects. The book also delves into non-precious uses of precious materials such as gold foil and gold leaf. This workshop will explore the various way Ball used these materials to created beautiful collaged wall pieces as well as 3-dimensional sculptural objects. 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 enamels as “glue.”
  • Creating dimensional structures and collaged wall pieces using copper foil, mesh and wire
  • Using precious metal leaf and foils in final firings
Ball’s book introduced an exciting way to introduce dimensionality into enameling without the enamelist needing to be a metal worker.
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.