Avifauna and Flora Cloisonné Enamel and Mason Stain Workshop by Darci Shea Bogdan

call for students announcement with image of a gull in enamel and kelp in silver along with the details for the workshop

June 23 – 25, 2023, 10 am – 5 pm daily
In person Fri – Sun @ Creator Haven in Watsonville, CA

The 3 day in-person workshop taught by guild member Darci Shea Bogdan will focus on guided instruction through the cloisonné enamel process with the addition of optional mason stain and painting enamel application. The theme of the workshop will be Avifauna and Flora, also known as birds and flowers, inspiring the students to use the techniques learned to create aesthetic textures such as feathers, skin, tonal gradients, and more.

3 day workshop
$375 per person covers all 3 days
$75 kit fee paid to instructor on 1st day of workshop
Maximum 10 students

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Enamel and Mason Stain Necklace by Darci Shea Bogdan

Avifauna and Flora Workshop Description

Students will be introduced to the classical techniques of cloisonné enamel. Through guided demos and instruction students will learn safety protocols and procedures, basic silver wire bending techniques, and proper tool and kiln use. Students will then be taught enamel washing and disposal, enamel application, optional mason stain and painting enamel application, and final grinding and finishing. Once all students are finished with their pieces, they will participate in a group critique/show and tell.

Designs Due Before Workshop

Students will be required to have 3 designs ready before the class that they will email Darci Shea for pre-approval, one of which will be the final class project. These designs should be emailed to me at the instructor no later than 5 days before the workshop. If students do not want to design their own piece, they may follow the guided design by Darci Shea with the express understanding that they may NOT sell the piece as their own.

– Basic metalsmithing skills are required
– Workshop participants must be current MBMAG members

Kit Fee:
A kit fee of $75 is due the first day of class and payable directly to the instructor. Use of tools is included. The $75 kit includes the materials for creating pieces in the workshop.

Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students:
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks are optional unless you are, or suspect you are, sick in which case you must wear a mask at all times. You will be required to sign Creator Haven’s liability and vaccination certification forms.


  • In the event we have to cancel a workshop, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 4 weeks prior to the workshop are refundable less a 6% service fee.
  • Cancellations more than 2 weeks prior to the workshop are refundable less a 15% service fee.
  • Cancellations two weeks or less prior to the workshop are not refundable unless there is a wait list for the class and the seat is filled.
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Students must be guild members: Join or renew your membership now to register for the workshop.

Guild members are offered seats in the workshop before the dates are announced to the public. Anyone anywhere in the world can join the guild now.


Darci Shea is an artist and cloisonné enamelist who focuses on creating work that mirrors the majesty and magic of the natural world. With over a decade of maritime experience as a USCG licensed captain and 15 years as a professional illustrator and jewelry designer, Darci Shea has married her two passions to create work that focuses on wildlife, nature, and storytelling.

You can see more of Darci Shea’s original expertly crafted art in the member gallery here on the guild website and on DarciShea.com. See works in progress, Darci Shea’s creation process and finished pieces on Instagram.com/darci_shea

Sea Otter Necklace
Cloisoneé Enamel using Mason Stain
by Darci Shea Bogdan
Darci Shea Bogdan wearing her American Jewelry Design Council José Hess Award Winning Necklace



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