L’ansage, un moment crucial

On va dire que ces petites anses carrées, c’est un peu ma marque de fabrique !
L’ansage est toujours un moment délicat pour la porcelaine encore plus que pour les autres terres. Il ne faut vraiment pas que la terre soit trop sèche, sinon attention aux fissures !
L’astuce est de faire l’ansage le plus vite possible quand la terre est au stade cuir très tendre et d’utiliser de la barbotine de coulage pour faire les collage.
Ensuite, il faut laisser sécher le plus lentement possible avec un voile de plastique de dessus et les pièces à l’envers. Cela permettra de mieux homogénéiser le séchage entre le haut et le bas.

Bilan 2023 !

C’est parti pour une nouvelle année !
Le moment de faire un petit bilan et d’aller vers de nouveaux projets.
2023, c’est la collaboration avec 13 boutiques dont une en Suisse.
C’est le partenariat avec une savonnerie et un restaurant.
C’est 252 heures d’enseignements aux adultes et aux enfants plus quelques dizaines d’heures à surveiller le séchage et à mener les cuissons des pièces des élèves.
C’est aussi l’accueil de stagiaires parce que c’est important que les jeunes trouvent leur vocation et des gens pour leur transmettre leur savoir.
C’est une tonne de terre passée en coulage et en tournage. Cela fait un paquet de pièces et un paquet de temps passé à l’atelier.
Ce sont des allers-retours pour tenir les permanences dans les boutiques collectives.
C’est l’investissement dans les associations professionnelles pour que des évènements puissent voir le jour. Même si j’ai bien levé le pied, je continue à contribuer.
Et puis c’est aussi de continuer de rêver, car il y a la création avant tout cela, celle qui nous tient éveillée la nuit, celle qui nous murmure que l’on a fait le bon choix, celle qui nous dit que la vie est belle ….

De l’aquarelle à la tasse

Cela fait maintenant quelque temps que je me suis mise à l’aquarelle. Une belle aventure qui a commencé en 2021 par des vacances très pluvieuses. Mon modèle de prédilection est l’oiseau de nos jardins : rouge gorge, tarin…J’aime poser les ombres pour que le volume apparaisse, un vrai plaisir de détente.

Et puis ces petites aquarelles ont fini par trouver leur chemin vers les tasses ! C’est tout nouveau !

Les expos de la fin 2023 !

Deux expos pour cette fin d’année !

La première avec Histoire de copines  à Cognac du 27 novembre au 2 décembre. Je continue l’aventure avec 3 complices : Sandrine Andersson (bijoux), l’atelier de Valérianne (santons) et Muriel Geoffroy (feutres). Nous investissons la salle du prieuré du couvent des Récollets à Cognac au 53 rue d’Angoulême.

La deuxième expo est organisée par l’association Argilités  qui regroupe les céramistes du Poitou Charentes. On sera 14 céramistes.

Les horaires : 10h 19 h pour les 2 expos

 

Transfer on clay

Transfer has the enormous advantage of requiring little material: a laser printer, metal oxides, gum Arabic and linseed oil.

Of course, you need very good quality illustrations. All the ones I use are originals: drawings or photos worked.

Here are the steps :
Print an image with a laser printer
Dip the image in a gum Arabic solution. Gum Arabic will protect everything that is white
Ink the paper with a solution of linseed oil and metal oxides. Only the black parts will be inked.
Rinse thoroughly to remove excess oxides
Apply the image on the cay leather stage and rub.
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Glazing : the alchemy of silica

Glazing is one of the cornerstones of ceramics. A bad glaze and it’s all wrong

For my part, I chose to glaze only the inside of my pieces, preferring to leave raw and soft porcelain for the outside.

All the glazes in the workshop are made by myself. I like these times of precise weighing. No doubt my past as a chemist is steel very present. Initially, a glaze contains silica and kaolin. However, a flux must be added so that the couple melts at a lower temperature. At high temperatures (1280 – 1300°C), the usual fluxes are potash, soda or magnesium. For earthenware, it is more difficult to lower the temperature of the Kaolin silica pair, lead has been used a lot, very powerful. Now, more concerned about the health effects of the products, we are moving towards lead-free glaze.

To glaze, you can dip the ceramic in it. But for myself almost always spray. The glaze is suspended in water and does not dissolved. When applied to the porous ceramic, the ceramic adsorbs water and the powder remain on the ceramic. When fired, the fine powder melts like glass.

 

Molding

A few years ago, I decided to cast my pieces into plaster molds. Be careful, this does not mean that it is simpler when it comes to making molds.

First you have to make the prototypes. I favor raw earth for my cups. I turn and mold them directly without firing. For larger ceramics, I turn or model the prototypes and I biscuit them.

Of course, there are different types of molds from the simplest to some very complicated one including 20 different parts. For the moment, I limit myself to 4 parts.  The idea for me is to make prints of parts that I can assemble. The Square vase, for example, is the assembly of a cup and a rectangular cube. I can decline like that to infinity.

Paper clay

The paper clay training of 18th and 19th of February gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in this practice. I use to practice a lot at the beginning 2010. I tinted it, pressed it, cut it, to stick it on mugs, boxes, vases or even make sculptures.

This practice gives the opportunity to work longer. Even if the clay dries, you can continue to work. It is less fragile. When fired, the paper burns and it looks like pure porcelain.

During this workshop, we made and dyed paper porcelain on Saturday. The next day we pressed the porcelain to stick it on cups and make different patterns. We also used paper porcelain to print it in molds. Some have experimented with making a chain. While the drying porcelain would be extremely fragile, the paper clay strengthens when drying and presents an amazing solidity. I thank my students for having opened up the fields for me again !

Time of creation

January and February, 2 full months, I hope, to dedicate myself to imagine my new pieces. Last year at the same time, I worked on a lot on masks by implementing constraints like, the mask must have 3 parts… I drew a bunch of little sketches. This led to my series of Moon masks and the Sisters busts that were my flagship products of Maison et Objet 2022.

What does 2023 have in store for me? I already have some ideas. I’ll tell you about all this very soon.

What are the results this year?

2022 is a pretty good year.

I did again “Maison et Objet” show after a last edition not very good in January 2020. This September edition was finally a success. After directing my production on decoration and having been supported by a scenographer Sylvie Dubray, the orders were scheduled.

Classes are always full from one year to the next with a waiting list. I like so much these exchange times with my students. I’ve known some of them for...15 years. I’ve created new internships and they’re filling up. Next year, I hope to be able to offer another modeling workshop and a Mocha tea workshop, a decoration technique.

A mixed balance sheet on retail stores. Some stores charge high rents over a long period of time. If you don’t sell much, the bill is heavy at the end. Fortunately, others are very good and hyper-legit. From now on, I would be more careful !