|Our mission||Teach, support and inspire the creation and use of enameled art and jewelry by hobbyists, artists, students, and educators worldwide.|
Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation
|Ways to help|
DocentGreet and speak with groups, and you'll learn new information to be shared.
|How you help||You can be of great service as a docent of our collection, a store clerk in our supply and gift shop, event planning for lectures and fundraising activities.|
|About us||We are a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to support and promote the use of vitreous enamel as a medium of art. Our facility is over 11,000 square feet which houses a large studio, a metals working room, a retail store for enamel art supplies and gift shop, and a museum with over 1,100 works of enameled art. It is the largest and most diverse collection of enameled art.|
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1 week ago
Announcing Limited Enamel Art Sale!
To raise additional funds, several works of art from the Foundation collection have been selected by the Board of Directors to be sold. For pdfs of pictures and descriptions of the items, email us at [email protected]
Approximately 15 items offered include historical enamels, modern works by Bill Helwig and a special collection of books and drawings by Margaret Seeler. Each work may be also seen in person by appointment only (email your request) at our headquarters at 645 Colfax Ave, Bellevue, KY.
This is a limited, time-sensitive offer. Open bids will be accepted on all items between now and October 16. To submit a bid, send an email to [email protected] with BID in the subject line. Include the amount and the number of the item. No bids will be accepted after 12:00 noon on October 16.
After approximately 10 days, bids will be published and updated regularly on our website at enamelfoundation.com. Multiple bids can be submitted for any items at any time.
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TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! What does the Foundation mean to you? We are looking for feedback for our Board of Directors -- they don't have much opportunity to hear from our Members, students, teachers, or friends. ... See MoreSee Less
Learning....even though this year I am unable to take part, I love the resource of the classes...and I love the people.
There was never a question that was too silly or a “bad time” to repeat demonstration of a process. I feel so fortunate to live so close to such a wonderful resource.
Knowledge, education, camaraderie with fellow Enamelist , museum all a tribute to your staff. Bill is a walking enamel dictionary, helpful and kind. He carries on for all the deceased founders. That’s what I think of when I hear the Thompson Enamel name.
Awesome museum. Tom is an inspiring teacher. Is anyone in training when he retires?
Love seeing your posts! They inspire me!
Showcasing Enamels to the world!
All the knowledge that each person can share regarding enameling 🤗
As a new enamelist, it's been a great resource. The workshops have been very educational, the guild meetings have added to that knowledge, the store is handy for someone like me who lives in the Cincinnati area, and the museum holds a lot of outstanding work and examples to study. The one thing I will say is I never heard of the Foundation until this year even though I've been active in the arts for years and suspect most people around have not either.
Without the classes and the enamel guild I would not be the artist I am today. It has introduced me to instructors and skill sets in a location and price range that I can manage. In 5 years I have progressed more than I could have dreamed.
I really enjoyed the workshop. The price made it accessible, even coming from out of town with lodging expenses. I was so busy learning that I didn't even have time to look at the museum! Glad you post pieces once in a while. It was nice to attend a program so well thought out and focused. I have been to others and spend more money to watch the instructor dither around and waste time. I too, wish I lived closer, I would be a guild member in a flash. The takeaway materials have also proven to be a really good resource for remembering what we did and having the confidence to try new things. I really hope a way forward can be discovered. Maybe a semester offering at the Art Academy of Cincinnati www.artacademy.edu/ or at the University of Cincinnati daap.uc.edu/academics/soa/programs ? Is there a glass community around? Lampworkers may be interested in another glass avenue. That is partly what got my attention. (There is a LOT of us, haha!)
Love having the opportunity to attend wonderful workshops there. Tom is a knowledgable and patient instructor. Very hopeful the tradition continues.
It’s a great place for learning, sharing knowledge, “talk shop”, getting inspired.....and lots of fun!
I took a workshop with Tom Ellis in February and am signed up for Charles Lewton Brain in October. I love that you are bringing in world class instructors/artist like Charles! I have taken many workshops in various locations and one thing I really like about the Carpenter Center is the amount of jarred enamels in every color, available to every student to use. You won’t find this anywhere else! Also the work spaces are generously spaced out and there are so many kilns, there is never a wait to get your piece in the kiln as most schools struggle with.The things I learned from Tom Ellis, by having him show us over and over (when necessary) I could never have picked up from an online course or book. The enamel museum of course is special, the art library amazing and of course the shop to select and buy enamels and components in person as the Thompson website is a tricky one to navigate. The Carpenter Foundation is an absolute treasure within the field of enamels and I am appreciative of those working behind the scenes to keep it operational.
Lovely facility and museum full of inspiration. Just a little too far for us to enjoy regularly. Family in cincy though!
Tom is so helpful. Love the museum. I’m planning to stop in as I drive through on my way to Chicago. Wish I lived closer.
Love seeing your posts! They inspire me!
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Oh gosh my heart sank for fear the fold forming class was cancelled. Whew, so happy to see it. I’m registered and counting the days until oct. I love the Carpenter Foundation!!
Are ya'll okay?
Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation updated their cover photo.
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Thank you for all the ideas. Sorry to hear about the workshops, I really got a lot out of it. Coukd you partner with a college art department or a museum? I don't presume to know, just throwing it out there.