2020 Workshop Schedule:


Wow!  Who would have anticipated that our plans could change so abruptly! 

But I am adaptable and my students are so amazing and I wanted a way to keep them engaged and focused as I postponed all of my workshops. 

And so Merry-Lee Rae's Online Classroom was born! 

You will find it located at www.merryleerae.thinkific.com

As of May 30th, 2020 you will find a course titledThe Perfect Blank.  It is offered free of charge so that you can get help creating a good foundation for your cloisonne projects.  There is also a free section called Tips and Tricks that I will be adding to on a regular basis.  A full workshop is already available- Waterlily Workshop 101.  It will take you through the entire process using my techniques and strategies and will be a prerequisite for future more advanced workshops.  It is priced at a super low price of $39 for several reasons.  1) We could all use a break in these surreal times.

2) It is required for future workshops if you have never studied with me here in my studio. 3) Although it will probably eventually be offered at $300-$400, My husband and I are doing it all ourselves and we are amateurs so we figured you would be more forgiving at $39. 

In a few days, I will be launching Opalescent Wisteria.  It is highly technical and you will want to brush up your skills with the Waterlily course before you dive in here. 

The focus will be to master the illusive but magical True Opalescent enamel.  It is akin to a dance where once you learn the individual steps and get the timing down, then the real magic happens. Let me show you how!  This course also covers Cutting Stencils for roll print embossing, Calibrating your Kiln, Moriage, Hand Finishing, Grinding with a Lapidary Unit, Two complete projects, Downloadable PDFs and hours of instructional video.  It will be offered at an introductory $99 and eventually be $600.  Opalescent Technique is what most of my students come here for.


February 19-23, 2020 Mastering Opalescent Enamels has continued to be an illusive and frustrating experience for so many.  Finally, I am offering a 5 day workshop focusing on the specific techniques to insure a successful true opalescent result for your pieces.  Let me help to take out the mystery and leave the magic!
For returning students $725.  For Students New to me. $725 + $90 Kit, 5 days 10am-5pm all materials included.

March 19-23, 2020  Cloisonné - Variations on a Theme with an emphasis on Finishing Techniques The Variations on a Theme phase of this class will be figuring out different ways to create a series of pieces that have a common theme. We will illustrate how the way you handle the materials can change the emotional tone of the piece. Are you using opaques, transparents, opalescents or a combination of them. Are you using a highly reflective base or subduing it? Are you using foils? etc. These pieces should be rather simple in nature so that at the end of the third day you will have about 4 pieces to use for the finishing technique phase of the class.As you know, I don't often take my students through the process of grinding to a finish, leaving the class projects with a fired finish. The ground and polished finish is elusive to do well and often done badly, in my opinion. I do have a tried and true system for achieving a perfectly ground finish and would like to be able to show you how.  For returning students $725.  For Students New to me. $725 + $90 Kit, 5 days 10am-5pm all materials included.


April 15-19, 2020   Cloisonné – Opalescent Wisteria , I am simply titling this class Wisteria in honor of my amazing garden this time of year.  Yes, we will be making florals and the plan is to have all lunches brought in to enjoy on my back patio for a more relaxed and companionable environment.  As the illusive Opalescent is my most requested workshop subject, we will be covering that technique during this class as well as exploring the new embossable EAS foil.  For returning students $725.  For Students New to me. $725 + $90 Kit, 5 days 10am-5pm all materials included.

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April 23-27, 2020   Cloisonné – Opalescent Wisteria , I am simply titling this class Wisteria in honor of my amazing garden this time of year.  Yes, we will be making florals and the plan is to have all lunches brought in to enjoy on my back patio for a more relaxed and companionable environment.  As the illusive Opalescent is my most requested workshop subject, we will be covering that technique during this class as well as exploring the new embossable EAS foil.  For returning students $725.  For Students New to me. $725 + $90 Kit, 5 days 10am-5pm all materials included.

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June 22-26, 2020 Faces! For repeat students only!  We will be exploring skin tones, translucents, intricate shading and touching on the use of painting enamels for the creation of details.  The class fee is  $725, 5 days 10am-5pm all materials included.  I will probably be offering a couple more workshops in the Fall of 2020 and am trying to get Martha Banyas and Sarah Perkins here to teach sometime next year.  They are both goddesses, you will be amazed.


$300 Deposit to complete registration.  Email me if you would like to be included.
merrylee@ merryleerae .com  (REMOVE THE SPACES!  Trying to fool the robots...)

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Class location:
Merry-Lee Rae's Studio
Watsonville, CA 95076 USA

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