Enamelling experiences resurgence in West Midlands

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New craft course promotes traditional art.

By Courtney Hagen

The Black Country Living Museum is going back to its artisanal roots with an enameling course on November 23.

The course costs £45 per person and will demonstrate how to make enamel holiday decorations, tea light holders, mobiles and small bowls.

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The Black Country was once made world famous for its Bilston enamels, made in small factories in Bilston or Wednesbury.

Black Country Living Museum Head of Learning Mel Weatherley said: "The course illustrates, through the process of making the enamel decorations, the rich history of enamelling in the region, which dates back to the 1700s and the creative skills of the craftsman.”

Enamel was once heavily used in ancient civilisations such as Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India. The industry was active in the UK from the Roman times until the 1800s when it was replaced by glass, ceramic and metal. The industry fell into fashion in Bilston around 1745 in small decorative items such as jewellery, candlesticks, snuff boxes, and tea caddies.

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