What you will do
Four session course
This is a 4 week course were you will learn the techniques of the fine art of decorating porcelain.
By learning the complex, traditional European way of hand painting you gain the skills and techniques which you can use to decorate anything in pottery world.
After firing on 800 degrees the motives sink into the glaze, making it permanent.
First session : about the materials, mixing colors (China paints are in powder form, you have to mix it with a painting medium), learn the basic brush strokes, creating simple designs.
Second session : refreshing the basics, and moving on to the more complex patterns. It is the start of layers on top of one another, creating a 3D effect. Painting the first layer, the base. The nature of painting medium is to evaporate, and by giving time for the first layer to properly dry, you ensure that it could be applied the second and third layer securely later. Also the occasion where we design your own plate and you start to paint a piece which will be yours to keep.
Third session: Second layer of the pattern, fine outlines. Using different type of brushes, adding a beautiful definition to the patterns. Exciting development, slow, focused process.
During the final session you will do step 3, called shadows. This is the session where you complete your own design, on a hand made bone china plate. After firing its yours to take home, which could be arranged within a week time after you complete the course.
The classes are small (max. 3 people), to ensure you get proper attention and help from Erika to develop the techniques.
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
About your host, Erika Albrecht Ceramics
Erika is a professionally trained porcelain painter. After her qualification course and China painter Diploma, she completed 5 years experience in Herend Porcelain Manufacture, hand painting fine porcelain tableware.
After moving to the UK, she spent 8 years as a studio assistant working with leading ceramic artists, Kate Malone (judge of Pottery Throwdown on BBC) Sue Binns and Valeria Nascimento.
Erika was commissioned by Hampton Court Palace to hand paint the recreation of King George I. chocolate cups, originally made by Meissen Porcelain Manufacture. As part of the recently discovered Chocolate Kitchen, the pieces are on permanent display in the Palace.
Erika's current work is making her own range of white Bone China and black porcelain tableware, hand painted with floral motives. Using traditionally techniques and skills , creating modern designs, emphasizing the contrast between the perfection of detailed hand painting and the imperfection of hand made ceramics.
Erika was recently selected as one of 13 finalist by Liberty's Open Call, out of 9.5 k entries.
Erika is a passionate and talented teacher who enjoys sharing her knowledge of professional hand painting and teaching the technique to create beautiful designs.
All materials and tools provided, a cup of tea goes with it . If you would like to do the course, but the provided dates are not suitable for you, please go to block booking on the porcelain painting workshop, and choose the dates you are able to attend.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.