Jim and I attended the 2016 Annual show in Dayton where we attended six workshops and made lots of purchases from the vendors. Another aspect of the show is the competition. Although I took a quick look at the winners, I didn’t get any photos. Maybe next year we will enter one of your pieces!
The first workshop was PORCELAIN CAMEOS by Ruth Ann Jackson Perkins. Jim and I both made the cameos shown in the picture. He has been wanting to learn porcelain since we attended last year’s show. We purchased porcelain slip in white, blue, green, and pink and also several molds. Last night we were able to share what we learned in a Porcelain Cameo Workshop here in our studio.
Next I took a workshop on making CLAY FLOWERS while Jim visited the vendors. Mine is pictured on the left waiting to be fired. When finished, it is supposed to look like the smaller one in the picture. Michael Harbridge is a ceramic artist who always comes up with unique projects. Jim took some classes from him at another workshop last fall. We purchased 50# of clay from him and some designer mats so that we can share this technique with our students. I have never worked in clay before but expect that the kids will love doing this. Plans are to create a smaller version and offer a workshop this summer.
Later I took another workshop from Michael Harbridge, a MARBELIZING TECHNIQUE using Concepts underglazes over three coats of black glaze. This technique was a lot easier than I expected but does take some patience.
Again, we plan to offer a workshop in the near future.
Unfortunately, I was unable to get to all the workshops that I planned but we did return to Ruth Ann Jackson Perkins for another workshop on FASHENHUES. We first learned how to use these translucent oil paints at last year’s show and have been offering workshops throughout the year. Here is my watering can fairy house. Jim didn’t finish his pumpkin fairy house so we brought it home wrapped in plastic. We also picked up our Fashenhues order while we were there and are now fully supplied with all the colors including two new pearls–Sunshine and Chocolate.