Learn how to use natural raw materials as a pigment for glazes and clay bodies during our Ceramics Casting and Coloring Courses.
During the course we will work with iron ore slib, a raw material locally harvested in Vessem (Noord Babrant, NL) and normally discarded during the process of filtering our tap water. Our tap water is extracted from sources of dozens of meters deep, and is about 1000 of years old. Most of the oxygen in the water is already disappeared, and metals like manganese and iron are dissolved. It is here where centuries ago the Romans harvested iron ore in order to make knives and axes. And nowadays for us the perfect place to harvest the iron ore slib to develop our project ‘Oer’. We visited the place several times and took samples of different residues, of which we made color and materials tests, each time in different proportions to develop different colors and clay bodies.
We would like to share our knowledge with you by providing a ceramics course. During this course you will learn how to make your own pigments and clay bodies and how to use these on porcelain.
The course will take half a day:
Introduction to our studio and an inspiration talk about the Oer project. Including all different steps of developing the pigments and the clay body.
14:00 – 15:00u
Slip casting the developed clay body into plaster molds and learn how to use transparent glaze. We will provide 3 plaster molds per person and also ready to use porcelain clay, colored with pigments extracted from the iron ore slib. After 1 hour you will have 1 cup, 1 bowl and 1 plate, ready for the kiln! After casting the objects we will learn you how to glaze (with transparant glossy glaze) the inside of a cup, bowl and plate.
15:00 – till you finished coloring and designing your pieces (the workshop is open till 17:00)
This part of the course will be all about coloring white biscuit fired porcelain. You are free to choose your own colors (we developed three recipes) and mix them. By using very simple color techniques, such as dipping, spray paint and masking you will color a set of 1 cup, 1 bowl and 1 plate.
After the course we will carefully glaze and fire all your items, ready for shipping or pick them up at the studio.
At NulZes, Eindhoven, NL from 13:30u till 17:00u
By Lotte de Raadt & Kirstie van Noort
Insight in how to use raw materials as pigments and clay bodies
After the course you are the proud owner of 2 cups, 2 bowls and 2 plates (and you have the basic knowledge on how to expand your own collection)
140 euro (incl tax) per person, excluding shipping costs
6 persons per course max.