Raw Colour Workshop (23 March 2024)
Raw Colour Workshop with Jane du Rand, 10-5pm Saturday 23 March 2024
This is the first of a series of special intensive workshops led by Jane du Rand at Plant Empire in 2024. Immerse yourself in the world of raw colour to learn about ceramic underglazes, oxides and stains from an internationally renowned ceramic mosaic artist.
Clay is only half the story when it comes to ceramics. The other half is bringing clay objects to life with colour by working with light to influence a work's aesthetic and emotional impact. Jane uses raw colour through underglazes, oxides and stains to great effect in her work, and her skills in this area were showcased in the 2,000 ceramic tiles that made up her "Green, Red & Black" exhibition at the Ipswich Art Gallery in 2023.
Underglazes, oxides and stains are the basic building blocks when it comes to applying and layering colour on ceramics. Underglazes are made from applying a mix of clay, oxides and water as thin slips or engobes (which incorporating silica) onto greenware (unfired) and bisque (bisque fired) ware. Because underglazes are true to colour, they can be applied like paint and won't shift when they are fired, so allow us to create detailed "painterly" surface decorations. Oxides use raw materials such as metal to impart colour and movement in finishes by creating flux in order to liquify and vitrify glazes on pottery. Stains use oxides that have already been fired to create consistent colouring effects on pottery.
We will explore underglazes, oxides and stains in detail in this workshop to understand how to create colour and surface effects on ceramics. Jane will explain some of the science behind these materials and demonstrate how to use them on their own and together to mix colours and create different effects. In the second half of the workshop, you will receive a collection of bisque-fired ceramic tiles that you can use to experiment with using underglazes, oxides and stains to create particular finishes. You will take your work home and fire it yourself (or arrange to have it fired) after the workshop, and the finished tiles can serve as colour samples for you to recreate effects in your own work.
Please note that we will be focusing primarily on underglazes, oxides and stains in this workshop: learning about glazes could last a lifetime, so we won't be covering glazes extensively in this workshop, although we will be using clear glaze as well as some translucent coloured glazes to add luminosity, shine and a non-porous seal to some of our tiles.
This workshop is targeted to students who have experience working with ceramics, but all levels of experience are welcome. All materials and equipment for the workshop, including clay, underglazes, oxides and stains to decorate your tiles will be provided. Please wear closed shoes and an apron if you are worried about staining your clothes.
About Jane du Rand
South-African born, Ipswich-based Jane du Rand creates three-dimensional ceramic mosaic landscapes inspired by the native flora and fauna she encounters while bushwalking west of Brisbane. Originally trained as an architect, Jane’s intricate designs have been incorporated into the architecture of civic buildings, public spaces and private homes in Europe, the UK, the USA, South Africa and Australia.
Jane's accomplishments include being a finalist in the 2023 Siliceous award for ceramic excellence and she was one of 6 artists showcased in the 2023 Museum of Brisbane exhibition "Clay: Collected Ceramics" with her piece "Brisbane Bush Turkey" now held in the museum's collection. She was awarded "Best of Show" at the 2017 Ipswich Art Award, she was a finalist in the 2020 and 2022 Queensland Regional Art Awards, the 2018 Ipswich Art Award, and the Mercedes Benz Award for South African Art Projects in Public Spaces in 2009. Her solo exhibition "Living in Ipswich" was presented at Ipswich Art Gallery in 2020 followed by a second solo exhibition "Green Red and Black" in 2023. Jane's work features in many public spaces in south-east Queensland, with her most recent large-scale public art installation "All the Birds Singing" being commissioned for the Mental Health Unit at Ipswich Hospital which opened in 2024.
Cost: $400 / $360 (Multi-pass)
Multi-pass discount: Sign up for 2 or more Plant Empire events, or register 2 or more people for the same event, to receive 10% off the ticket price (discount will appear at checkout).