Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Judy Stone, Head of the Enameling Department at The Crucible, is legendary for her patience, dedication, and knowledge. Having taught at The Crucible almost since the organization’s inception, she’s spent many years building core curriculum, creating innovative pieces, and establishing her reputation internationally. After decades of hard work, she’s exploding onto the crafts scene – and soon, she’ll take a few lucky students on the adventure.
“Working Large: A Journey Into Industrial Enameling on Steel” is an intensive, weeklong exploration into creating large-scale, two-dimensional art with enamels used in the enamel industry. Ideal for beginners and intermediate students, the course explores how liquid enamels (finely ground glass particles in a liquid medium) can be more than a glaze to coat utensils, appliances, signage, and architectural elements. “Working Large” is exceptional for its collaboration, size, and community: Students will study both at The Crucible and KVO Industries in Santa Rosa, CA, where they’ll enamel large-scale panels and forge lifelong friendships.
“I’ve taught mural workers to jewelry enamelists to people who are simply curious about enameling,” Stone recalled. “What happens is that, because you’re together for a long period of time, and you’re all given the same medium…people play…and then they create. Many students have pre-conceived projects they want to do. People learn from each other, and what comes out of it is a building excitement.”
For Stone, the excitement is amplified by her recent successes in the crafts scene. Her work was recently featured at the Smithsonian Craft Show, one of the biggest and most respected Craft Shows worldwide; her work is also on display at the Richmond Art Center’s current exhibition, “Innovations in Contemporary Craft.”
Stone sees her teaching career and the growing popularity of her chosen medium as building toward a larger vision: Establishing the first brick-and-mortar Enamel Center in the world. She hopes that courses like “Working Large” will build the community necessary to propel the art form forward. Right now, she’s optimistic about the Center’s prospects.
“If we can sustain this [momentum], we’ll probably have an ongoing cadre of people who work with the materials in industry – and industry would welcome them.”
About The Course “Working Large: A Journey Into Industrial Enameling on Steel” June 17-21, 2013, 10AM – 6PM Cost: $630 REGISTER
About The Crucible The Crucible is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry, and community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design, while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public in the Bay Area.