Enameling is alive and well. "Metalsmith " magazine recently dedicated an entire issue to current work (sorry, mine's at school, so I can't tell you exact issue. It may still be available- I purchased in August or Sept.)
Careful if enamels are older. Lead free is now readily available; older batches may contain lead- a complete no-no in the classroom. If they are Thompson and have a 3 digit color code, they contain lead. 4 digit cades are lead-free and if starting with 1, they are opaque; starting with 2 are the transparents. I cannot speak for other manufacturers. I use Thompson and obtain my supplies locally from CR Hill in Berkely, MI. Thompson, probably the hugest enamel supplier is at: http://www.thompsonenamel.com/welcome/main.htm. Contact me directly if you need any help with process. Enjoy.
> Dear good art list people,
> Does anyone still use thoose little enameling kilns? I inherited two of
> them with some powerded glass from the clay teacher. I'd like to use it
> with my jewelry class, if this stuff is still sold.