In January of this year I took another cloisonne class with my teacher, Merry-Lee Rae. I had been working with the technique for about three years, ever since my first class in 2012. Before that I had not done cloisonne since High School. I had come up against a couple of areas in which I was unsure how to proceed. These were how to work with whites and how to work with reds. So I designed three pieces which would challenge me to work on in the class. This is the first, birch trunks with highbush cranberry leaves (in fall colors). The piece is only about half done. We covered things like what colors to put under reds on the first layer, fine shading in whites, and painting enamels. In choosing a subject to work on, I chose two of my favorites in the North.