Learn modelling and enameling techniques to create decorative pieces
Working with clay can be a new form of meditation, especially if you do it with the care and passion of Paula Casella, a graduate in Fine Arts, professor of craft techniques and founder of the Bambucito organic ceramic workshop, who will teach you, with her 15 years of experience in this manual art, everything you need to know to get started in ceramics.
In this course you will learn from scratch how to model and glaze ceramics using different techniques of modeling and decorating clay from your home. You will know the difference between clay with oven and air drying, and you will learn how to make plaster molds that will serve as a base for many pieces that you can create on your own.
About this course
You will begin by getting to know Paula, her trajectory within the Fine Arts, teaching and ceramics. It will show you some pieces of his collection with very varied styles and then present some of his main influences.
You will know the materials with which you will work, the types of clay, what you need to make plaster molds and the different enamels to decorate your pieces.
You will see the importance of recycling the mud that is left over properly and you will learn how to make your basic plaster mold at home, which you can reuse as often as you want to create different ceramic pieces.
Now, get to work! Together with Paula and using the previously made plaster mold, you will create the base and bowl of your first set using the plate modeling technique. You will continue with the second set, which will be purely decorative, applying the technique of modeling with churros.
You will continue with the third set for which you will not need mold, since you will apply the pinch technique. And to finish the modeling phase, you will do the fourth set repeating the same design as the previous ones, with the difference that it will be larger and you will learn to add different textures to the pieces.
You will learn different decorative clay techniques, how they are used and when it is convenient to apply them. First, you will know two methods of decorating the clay that dries in the air. Then, you will discover the enamels in suspension, the decorative technique of gold luster, the technique of oxides or "marble effect", and the enamel method with gouache.
Finally you will let your imagination fly and you will see the infinite possibilities of use that each of the sets made during the course have. And to preserve your pieces, Paula will give you valuable tips to take care of each one of them on a daily basis and how to transport them.
What is this course's project?
You will make four sets with a mushroom shape. The first three applying the three basic techniques of modeling clay and three techniques of enameling, resulting in different dishes for different uses (breakfast, jewelry, etc.). The fourth set will be of fabric and you will apply the technique of the plates, but adding textures, and a different technique of enameling.
Who is it for?
To any person interested in starting in ceramics and who is curious about the creative process of this manual art.
What you need
To carry out this course you will not need previous knowledge, just a lot of desire to discover the creative process of ceramics.
On the materials, you will need a basic pottery starter kit (stems, sponge, cutter) that you can get in any bazaar, and also clay, roller, old fabrics, plaster powder, enamels, and acrylic paints.
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Paula Casella was born in Argentina and is currently based in Spain. A graduate in Fine Arts with a Master's Degree in Education, she has more than 15 years of experience working as a teacher, muralist and designer of ceramic pieces.
A lover of nature and cuisine, he united his two passions in his Bambucito ceramic workshop; so you can enjoy a good meal in a handmade crockery made by herself.