New Online Workshops – Open for Registration!!


Presented by Silvera Jewelry School

Expressive Painting in Liquid Enamels

with Alisa Looney

Mondays, July 8, 2024 – July 15, 2024; 10:00AM – 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)


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Are you looking for a bit more freedom and expressiveness in your enameling experience? Do you love to sketch, paint, or play with mark making? If so, join enamelist Alisa Looney for this workshop!

In this class, students will learn to layer several liquid enamel mediums to create expressive paintings and timeless abstracts. Create panels of any size, flat or three dimensional, as well as small jewelry objects. Learn to apply liquid porcelain enamels (LCE or liquid form) in a multitude of ways tp create expressive images and texturing. Application techniques can be layered to create representational imagery as well as abstract patterns and include both additive and subtractive techniques. Additive applications with brushes, squeegee, “decalcomania”, sponges, dusting, stencils, splattering will be covered alternating with subtractive techniques as sgraffito using a variety of tools.

Create in bold black in white as well as full color, fire to your desired finish from sugar coat to full gloss. You’ll learn to work with watercolor enamels to add layers of transparent colors and effects over the porcelain enamel, using thin and thick brush strokes as well as subtle washes. Sgraffito techniques will also be used. The addition of lusters will be talked about as well, as a way to add yet more depth and iridescence to your pieces.

Find your flow, and the freedom to work in virtually any style!




BECOMING BIRD, 12″x12″ Panel, Liquid Enamel;   HEADWATERS OF WIND RIVER, Panel, Liquid Enamel


BIRD DANCE, 12″x12″ Panel, Liquid Enamel;   CONCH, Earrings, Liquid Enamel


RIVER & WOOD, 12″x12″ Earrings, Liquid Enamel;   ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE II, 12″x12″ Panel, Liquid Enamel





Still time to register!

Presented by Pocosin Arts


with Alisa Looney

May 16, 23 & 30, 2024, 3:00 pm – 5:00 ET

Above: JOYFUL ABSTRACT, 4″x4″ panel, watercolor enamel, kiln-fired.

Learn to create depth, shading and detail by blending and layering Watercolor enamels. Alternating painting and sgraffito techniques, allows you to add and subtract enamel to build complex illustrations, bold abstractions and colorful textures over pre-fired white on copper or steel. Apply lusters just where you want glitz, then brush and draw freely on blackboard. These combined techniques dance with joy on the surface of 2D and 3D forms, inviting experimentation while enhancing your own unique style.

Private Facebook group provided for students to learn, practice and share these techniques as their pieces develop.

Register here


GIRL POWER, 4″x4″ Panel, Watercolor Enamel;   EYE SEE YOU, Pendant, Watercolor Enamel


MASKED MYSTERY, 2″x2″ Panel, Watercolor Enamel and Lusters;   BIRD DANCER, 4″x4″ Panel, Watercolor Enamel

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Excited to share this Alchemy with you!


Below is a fun video of Alisa demonstration her sgraffito process, drawing into the granular spray layer, using a sharp pin-pen tool, ending with close up (before firing in the kiln). Scroll down to view past workshop offerings   watch video


Alisa Looney teaches enameling and her husband Wade Womack teaches wood block printing, from their studio, River Art Adventures LLC, in the beautiful Three Rivers area, south of Bend, Oregon.

                                                        River Art


Our mission is to help people connect with nature on a deeper level through art. Whether sketching outdoors, or taking your images further in a woodblock printing or enameling workshop, we want to help you find your unique expression.


Super fun group of students showing off their creations at our Bend Oregon Studio.



We are offering semi-private in-person workshops by appointment. To inquire, email

If you would like to be the first to hear about our online and in-person offerings and art events, you are invited to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page, and keep an eye out for our workshop announcements.

Safety Requirement for Students attending In-Person Workshops:

We remain committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible while continuing to teach and adapt to the current circumstances for our in-person workshops and studio events.

We recommend that students be vaccinated, but it’s not required. Students must bring a particulate face mask (N95, KN95, or similar) to protect against dust and particles when needed and required during class work time.

If you have recently tested positive for COVID, feel ill or have ANY symptoms, please DO NOT come to class. Contact us to reschedule.

Blessings and Health to you all,
Alisa and Wade

River Art Adventures




View fun photos of past studio workshops on my blog.


Draw & Paint with Enamel (glass) on Steel 4-Day Workshop with Alisa Looney

Go into depth with enamel on steel at our Bend, Oregon Studio.

These 4-day workshops  are open to 3 participants to create a wall relief or sculpture, jewelry elements & small test panels. Learn to design, cut and shape steel, prepare surface, then apply ground coat and several Kiln-fired layers of glass to create a lustrous and colorful finish that will never fade.

    • Hours daily: 10-5, with lunch break from 1-2.
    • Dates:  TBD
    • Cost: $725, plus $75 materials fee, (Min. Deposit of $375 to hold your space, Balance of $350, plus $75 Materials fee due on first day of workshop)
    • Limited Dates by Appointment: Contact Alisa to schedule, for you or your group of 3




PAST Online Offerings…


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Presented by Silvera Jewelry School

ReEnamelware as an Art Form with Alisa Looney

Thursdays, September 7, 2023 – September 28, 2023; 2:00PM – 5:30PM PT (Pacific Time)



Have you ever wanted to add your own surface designs to enameled camp-ware, mugs, bowls, or pans – new or thrifted, but don’t know where to start? Learn step by step with Alisa Looney on how to take those pieces and give them new life! Alisa is a master of reworking pre-enameled forms into works of art and in this class she’ll share all her tips, tricks, dos and don’ts with you!

Learn step-by-step how to choose shapes, prepare surfaces, and apply layers of liquid enamel with your own unique designs. Apply granular spray, sgraffito, and painting techniques using both liquid and watercolor enamels. Paint with lusters to add metallic and iridescent effects! Explore various approaches to decorating these unique shapes, allowing the form to inspire your imagination. Elements like the handle of a pan lid or mug can become a focal point by adding surprise imagery or details. Then discover ways to display your individual pieces, turning found enamelware into ART!

This course is available as a live online class.





Presented by Silvera Jewelry School

Explore New Ground – Enameling on Steel Forms with Alisa Looney

Tuesdays, May 9, 2023 – May 30, 2023; 2:00PM – 5:30PM PT (Pacific Time)


Have a desire to enamel on steel forms? Learn to design, cut, and form various gauges into three dimensional shapes. Clean and prepare the steel for a ground coat formulated to adhere for a strong yet leightweight structure.  In this class with Alisa Looney, not only will you learn how to work with the steel to prepare it for enameling, but also learn the granular spray technique she uses with sgraffito to get those delicate lines with no chipping! The course covers professional as well as budget concious options. Experience enamel like never before with incredible control on your steel forms.  Create work in a variety of styles- from detailed drawing to abstract patterns, loose and expressive or realistic and precise. Graisalle techniques will also be covered, building up shades of black and white to achieve depth and detail.



Presented by Pocosin Arts

Explore New Ground – Enamel on Steel Forms (Part 1)

Instructor: Alisa Looney

Thursdays, September 15, 22 & 29, 2022
4:00-6:30 p.m. ET

Have a hankering to enamel on steel? Learn to design, cut, and hammer varied gauges into 3D forms, and apply ground coat for strong yet lightweight structure. Both low cost and professional methods covered for applying liquid enamel with granular spray for smooth consistent textures, gradations and stencils. Experience incredible control when you sgraffito varied line thicknesses in abstract patterns or detailed drawings. Fire to desired finish from sugar to gloss, creating forms with an ideal surface for layering liquid and transparent enamels. Take as stand-alone course or follow with Part 2 – Mastering Watercolor Enamels and Lusters.



Presented by Pocosin Arts

Master Watercolor Enamels and Lusters  (Part 2)

Instructor: Alisa Looney

Saturday, October 22 & 29, 2022
3:00-6:00 p.m. ET

Create depth, shading and detail by blending and layering Watercolor enamels. Work over a pre-fired granular spray or solid white. This method of alternating painting and sgraffito techniques, allows you to add and subtract enamel to build complex illustrations, bold abstractions and colorful textures. Apply lusters just where you want glitz, or brush freely over dark backgrounds. These combined techniques open avenues for surface treatments on 2D and 3D forms, inviting experimentation while enhancing your own unique style. Take as a stand-alone course or add to the granular spray and sgraffito covered in Part 1 – Enamel on Steel Forms.




Presented by Pocosin Arts 


Instructor: Alisa Looney

October 1, 8  & 15, 2021
4:00-6:30 p.m. ET

Experience the freedom of Granular Spray! Apply white liquid enamel with the granular spray technique, resulting in a powdered finish that allows you to sgraffito (scratch) clean lines with ease and control – no more chipping!

Experiment with several sgraffito tools (make a pin-pen tool!) to create varied line qualities and thicknesses in mark making, cross hatching, stippling, brushing, lettering and combing.

Work in any style: expressive or detailed, then add depth and color, layering watercolor enamels and lusters.

Live zoom demos and instruction using pre-enameled steel panels and copper, designing flat and dimensional jewelry elements. Kiln required, firing techniques covered.




the Center for Enamel Art and Silvera Jewelry School present

Granular Spray, Sgraffito, and Watercolor Enamel with Alisa Looney (online)    

June 19 – June 27, 2021


Expand your artistic tool kit by learning to sgraffito with ease in liquid enamel, and no more chipping! We will work on pre-enameled steel, adding layers of glass with granular spray, sgraffito and watercolor techniques to create colorful, custom surface treatments.  

Join Alisa Looney as she shows us how to use spray application to achieve a buttery smooth surface and create extremely detailed sgraffito designs. Alisa will show you how to add color with watercolor enamels on top of your sgraffito for a rich, layered, and colorful effect!

Design, cut and prepare pre-enameled steel for enameling. Copper shapes can also be used. Learn to apply white liquid enamel with the granular spray technique, resulting in a powdered finish that allows you to sgraffito (scratch) clean lines with ease and control when making marks, textures and/or drawings into the surface. Experiment with several sgraffito tools to create varied line qualities and thicknesses in mark making such as cross hatching, stippling, brushing and combing.

This technique opens avenues for the freedom to work in any virtually any style: loose and expressive or detailed and precise. After firing the white layer, you will add depth and color by painting with Watercolor Enamels. Appropriate kiln-firing temps and techniques for each layer will be covered. You can expect to complete a series of small panels and jewelry elements during this workshop. Live demos and instruction in four separate three-hour zoom sessions will allow plenty of time to practice between sessions.

ALL LEVELS WELCOME!  Prior enameling experience is recommended. Kilns are required for this workshop.

Workshop Hours:

Saturday and Sundays  10 AM to 1PM Pacific Time

June 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2021

Materials List: Provided after registration

Registration: Maximum of 15




JULY 2019 WORKSHOP in Bend Studio

5-Day Summer Intensive

July 8-12, 2019

Go into depth with enamel on steel at our Bend, Oregon Studio.

Scheduled by request, I am excited to offer this 5 day workshop to up to 5 participants who want to spend some extra focused time with this craft.  We will begin by studying many samples, and learning what is possible with each technique. Participants will have 5 days to develop work while creating their choice of Panel, Wall Relief or sculpture, as well as test pieces and jewelry. You will learn to cut and shape the steel, how to prepare the surface for enameling, apply the ground coat and fire in the kiln. Next you will add the white granular spray layer and use sgraffito methods to achieve fine detail with ease and control when drawing images, textures and marks in glass, while also learning appropriate kiln-firing temps and techniques. Add depth and color with liquid enamel spray and sgraffito applications, Watercolor Enamels, Acrylic Enamels, and  Enamel Crayons. Experiment with layering and highlighting using various tools for mark-making, effects and textures. The possibilities will expand your horizons!

There are wonderful places to stay nearby in Sun River, and many fun outdoor adventures await during your down time, hikes, bikes, floating the river.





at Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation

Draw & Paint with GLASS on STEEL – Alisa Looney Mar. 21- Mar. 24, 2019

4-day workshop at the state of the art enameling facility of Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation in Bellevue, Kentucky (Cincinnati area).

Workshop Description:
Set yourself free with granular spray, sgraffito and watercolor enamel techniques.
Achieve Fine Detail on Wall Relief (Spirit Mask), Panels and Jewelry.Don’t miss this chance to experience working in an environment where their  “mission is to teach, support, and inspire the creation and use of enameled art and jewelry by hobbyists, artists, students, and educators worldwide.”… And not to mention seeing their extensive museum collection and the nearby Thompson Enamel factory!




  > Oct 5 & 6, 2018  – “SEE US: Advocacy, Authenticity, Artistry”

     2018- IAEA Fall CONFERENCE, Meridian, Idaho

Friday Morning Keynote, Breakout Session and Saturday Master Classes w/ Alisa Looney

Friday Afternoon Keynote and Master Classes w/ Cherryn Wight

Saturday Master Classes w/ Wade Womack, picture framer and woodblock printer

plus Optional Sunday Workshop-Enamel on Steel- w/ Keynote, Alisa Looney,

enamelist/sculptor and John Killmaster, Master Enamelist and BSU Professor Emeritis

at Fire Fusion Studio, Sunday, Oct. 7th 9:30 am – 4:30 pm  –  FULL

***Note: if you are wanting to attend this workshop but are not attending the conference, for registration instructions please email By Sept 28:

Conference Registration & More Info




Draw and Paint with Glass on Steel:

   > Oct 12 & 13, 2018  – Pioneer Craft HouseSalt Lake City, Utah – FULL

2 day workshop           Registration deadline: Sept 21st:

Jan Harris Smith,, 360-713-1004

Or Jodi McRaney-Rusho, 801-865-7911

more info