Monday 29 June 2015

Moon Business...

I have an obsession. No, it has nothing to do with ceramic fish nor faceted porcelain. Lately, I have been making ceramic moons – a lot of moons and other celestial objects.

Today, I was trying to find the best background for the photo shoot. At the end, it was clear I have to take my moon to the skies. Here are some of the test photos. 

Wednesday 17 June 2015

A Porcelain Workshop By Fritz Rossmann

Porcelain by Fritz Rossmann

 In March I participated in a porcelain workshop which was organized by my ceramic supplier Lehmhuus in Basel (Switzerland). Since Lehmhuus offers a wide range of interesting workshops throughout the year, I had a hard time deciding which workshop to attend. As I wrote in an earlier post, I still have some struggles with porcelain (you can read about it here). So it was only reasonable to improve my skills in porcelain. I chose the 3-day-workshop by Fritz Rossmann who is a true expert in anything related to porcelain.

Porcelain by Fritz Rossmann

Fritz Rossmann

During many years of working with clay, I have met many potters. Some of them were very shy when it comes to sharing their knowledge. Maybe they took the rivalry very serious or it was just the envy. In any case, I found it very sad how they hoard their knowledge and experience and are incapable to share. Well, this is a subject for another post.

The workshop by Fritz Rossmann was an example of an artist who is generous in sharing his rich experience. He was able to answer all of our questions and showed us many tricks he uses to make his beautiful ceramics. Also, it was so great to hear some stories about his exhibitions from around the world.

Fritz Rossmann

I learned some tricks on wedging, throwing and trimming the porcelain which were my main reasons for attending the workshop. However, the most illuminating moment at the workshop was the encounter with paper clay. Mr. Rossmann showed us how to make your own paper clay. I cannot understand why I was overlooking this amazing material all these years. This is definitely going to change. I have so many ideas I cannot wait to try them out.

Making paper clay