Tutor: Ruth Robartson
Learn how to decorate porcelain ware. Any design can be painted and porcelain pieces are fired for permanency.
Porcelain Art is one of the most ancient art forms, also one of the most durable. Firstly it originated in the Hang Dynasty in China in about 200AD. Several centuries later European factories such as Meissen in 1710 and Sevres in 1740 started production. Josiah Wedgewood made a name for himself in 1759 for his distinctive blue and white production.
It is still possible today to produce beautiful, durable and practical porcelain works of art. Come and learn how at Trinity School for Seniors.
Commercially produced porcelain is used but the paints are basically the same. Porcelain colours are finely ground metal oxides. These are mixed with vegetables oils and applied thinly to white porcelain. This is then fired in a Kiln up to 800oC. In the Kiln the glaze on the porcelain softens and the paints meld with the glaze to become permanent. Additional thin coats build up the colour to the required depth. This produces beautiful useful items such as vases, trinket boxes, mugs or salt and pepper shakers. Decorative display plates can have additional lustres, golds or enamels added.
These colours do not fade, nor are they affected by water. These are the antiques of the future as they are all hand painted and therefore unique, one of kind items.
Basic materials supplied. Some porcelain ware is available at discoutned prices from the tutor. There is a small charge for firing, payable to the tutor.