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Porcelain Art (sometimes known as oil on porcelain or china painting) is an ancient form first seen in China in the 9th century. Each painting is done in thin, translucent layers. Each layer is fired sometimes five or more times. The artist’s colour pallette is comprised of earth minerals, such as iron (red), cobalt (blue), manganese (black), chomiun (green), gold (pink, purple), silver (yellow) etc. Pigments which are carbon based burn up in the firing leaving the porcelain canvas blank. Sometimes the artist chooses to use lustres like :”Mother of Pearl” which are suspension liquids mixed with metallic salt. Finally, the artist may embellish the painting wit 22K gold, platinum or copper which are pure liquefied metals and fluctuate in cost with the stock market.
Each porcelain canvas must withstand multiple firings, in temperatures of 1200 degrees F to 1600 degrees F, to produce the desired results without flaws or breakage. Porcelain Art is a partnership of the artist’s ability, understanding and creativity; aligned with the technology of a high fire kiln.
Porcelain Artists follow art rules as do other artists, but ultimately must give their creations over to the firing process and await the results. They must learn to trust their artistic abilities and sometimes adjust their focus when the kiln returns a “surprise”.
Michelangelo is said to have tried painting on porcelain, but discarded the idea as an outlet for his artistic endeavours. This art form frustrated him because he could not control the results of the chemical reactions that occurred when the minerals where exposed to the firing process.
Instructor: Glenda Lenz
Please Note: There is $5 kiln fee paid Separately