Merry-Lee Rae’s cloisonné classes

My passion lies in making jewelry and mentoring other artists.

We’re thrilled to offer you Cloisonné workshops from the legendary Merry Lee Rae!!

Merry-Lee workshops are an on-demand format so you can work at your own pace and not struggle to adjust your schedule to enjoy the learning process. Her workshops are hosted at her own page. All of the handouts will be available for you to download and print, for unlimited access to the class information, and easily used as a reference at your workbench.
The videos are available for you to watch for 6 months from date of purchase. Every workshop comes with a downloadable list of tools and material requirements, and Merry-Lee will also includes links to her favorite suppliers. Merry-Lee loves to hear from her students and has set up Facebook pages that will be closed to the general public but open to enrolled students. It will be a place where you can share your triumphs with fellow classmates as well as the challenges you are experiencing. Merry-Lee will be there to answer questions and join the cheering section.

Whether you have little experience or are a seasoned enamelist, you will want to start with this to develop a strong technical foundation.

The Magical, Illusive, Elusive Power of Opalescent Enamel!
This is an advanced workshop, you will need to have completed Merry-Lee Rae’s Waterlily Workshop 101 or have been a prior student in her classroom in California.

This Course includes a brief introduction to the use of Mason Stains for penwork and stippling to create a furlike effect. It is also a good introduction to complex shapes for cloisonne: Complete from blank making to the special treatment during grinding.

This course includes a brief introduction to Design Strategy for Enamel. Also covered is the finer points of mixing colors and graduation of colors for more refined shading. Techniques shown here are applicable to all accomplished cloisonné work extending beyond believable skin tones.

Darci Shea Bogdan

is an art and illustrator who studied at Savannah College Design. She is a forever student under Merry-Lee Rae learning the art of enameling and has been a professional artist for over 10 years.  Growing up Darci Shea traveled on a sailboat with her family as well as became a USCG sailboat captain. Due to her travels, nautical experiences and illustrative training, her work is heavily influenced by the ocean, nature and stories.

Mason Stain Magic

In this class Darci shows you how she marries Martha Banyas’ use of Mason stains, a ceramic pigment, within the traditional technique of Cloisonné she learnt from Merry-Lee Rae, in a lovely illustrative style with a rich depth effect.