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China paint, luster, and cold-finishing techniques are used all over the world to finesse and highlight many qualities of the ceramic form. These surface decorations are used for expressing cultural heritage, storytelling, color theory and more. In this 2-hour demonstration workshop, Melanie will demonstrate how she marries the ceramic form and surface imagery with layer after layer of lavish ornamentation and embellishments. She will accomplish this by demonstrating or describing the use of china painting, a variety of decals, and gold luster application, as well as image transfer.

Workshop Recorded on Feb. 6, 2021 – 2h 9min

Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Snowmass, Colorado

July 25-29, 2022

OVERVIEW: This workshop is designed to marry the ceramic form with imagery, exploring surface decorations such as chinapaints, metallic lusters, flocking, gold leaf, and other finishes. This course encourages students of all disciplines to use their own imagery and designs, using traditional image transfer techniques. Expressing cultural heritage, storytelling, and indulging in layer after layer of lavish ornamentations and embellishments, participants will personalize their own ceramic works or store-bought ceramics. This course encourages a playful approach to engage in new connections between two- and three-dimensional elements, engaging with different painting techniques, textures, and materials to craft unique works of art.

Media & Techniques:

China painting, decal, flocking, gold luster, gold leaf, and gold powder applications, image transfer

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Images from 2021’s Worshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center:

Armory Art Center
811 Park Place
West Palm Beach, Florida

Out of an abundance of caution for the Omicron variant and due to supply chain issues with supplies, the Armory Art Center has made the difficult decision to cancel this Visiting Master Artist Workshop. Please check back for any future workshops at the Armory Art Center! (updated 01/12/2022)