I have given workshops on various decoration methods, such as china painting, flocking, gilding, decal and gold luster application. I use all of these techniques in my own ceramics work, combining multiple images and detailed patterning in my motifs.

I was introduced to china painting during my residency at the International Ceramics School in Kecskemét, Hungary, in 2013, where I studied with the renowned Latvian artist Ilona Romule and trained to use a metal nib to create detailed line work. I subsequently learned the traditional Chinese method of china painting last year, during my residency at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. I was also able to watch the skilled painters at the Herend Porcelain Manufactory and Meissen decorate their traditional porcelain wares. I use a combination of all of these techniques in my own work. My current body of work references 18th-century European porcelain wares and is produced and finished with the cultural exchange between East and West in mind.

My china painting techniques are quite unique and a rewarding way to produce very precise drawings. It takes a little bit of practice and tiny adjustments, such as the position of your hand, the right tools and the right consistency of your medium can make all the difference.

Email me if you are interested in a private lesson or more information on scheduling a workshop: info@melaniesherman.com