Porcelain provides the perfect medium to create translucent vessels by using a variety of decorative techniques to create areas of thick and thin porcelain walls which allows then the transfer of light once the porcelain is fired to vitrification.In this workshop, we will learn classic techniques to create those surfaces that enhance the porcelains ability to transmit light after the final firing. The techniques to explore will include carving; piercing, incising and resist wash back. The focus will also be placed on the quality of finished surfaces
We will also explore different Australian porcelains that are available to throw, hand build or cast. Students may choose to bring their own leather hard or dry porcelain pots to work on or use preprepared ones that your tutor will bring. Please note that porcelains come in two different firing ranges and make sure you know the correct temperature to fire to.
Your tutor will bring along a selection of special carving tools that will be available for your use and some can be purchased from Sandra.
Sandra Black has worked with porcelain for over 44 years. She has gained international recognition and awards particularly for her fine pierced and carved porcelains. Her works have been collected and placed in state and regional gallery collections throughout Australia as well as a number of overseas embassies and significant collections in New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada, The Netherlands, China, and Japan. Her work has been widely published in many international ceramic journals and books. She has also had some 33 solo shows in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA and participated in over 250 invitational shows in Australia and overseas. In the past 20 years, Sandra has completed residencies, workshops, and lectures in Canada, USA, UK, New Zealand, Haian and Jingdezhen, China the birthplace of porcelain.
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