Due to Covid-19 and several Art Center and University closures, all workshops have either been rescheduled for 2021 or canceled. Please check back often for an updated 2020 schedule.

More is More: China paint techniques – C0204-20

Date: Jun 08 – 12, 2020 NEW DATE July 05-09, 2021
Location: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado


China paint, luster, and cold-finishing techniques are used all over the world to finesse and highlight many qualities of the ceramic form. These surface decorations are used for expressing cultural heritage, storytelling, color theory and more. This workshop is designed to marry the ceramic form and imagery, personalize the students’ own ceramics work, while exploring new surface decoration techniques. Students indulge in layer after layer of lavish ornamentation and embellishments. Participants may bring up to four of their own glazed functional and/or sculptural ceramic pieces to work on. Commercial glazed ceramic tiles are provided to practice on and decorate.

Media & Techniques:

China painting, decal, flocking, gold luster, gold leaf, and gold powder applications, image transfer

Porcelain Jewelry
 Tuesday, May 19, 2020 from 10am-5pm
Location: The Clay Studio
139 N 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

This 1-day workshop will explore clay as a way to create unique ceramics jewelry through demonstrations, sketchbook exercises, discussions, and hands-on practice. Melanie will share her individual way of making one-of-a-kind porcelain jewelry, which are hand painted and paired with precious metals. We will plan out our forms on paper and talk about different materials, function, and wearability. We’ll explore several components of jewelry making in a hands-on approach during this workshop, putting together clay and metal elements to create a wearable and unique piece of art.

SNAG has partnered with local Philadelphia institutions to bring you exciting hands-on workshops with world-class instructors for the conference this year!  Space is limited in these workshops and is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to secure your spot by registering early.  See individual listings for location and other details.

Online registration for all pre-conference workshops is available through April 23 on our online registration portal HERE.

Contact me directly if you have any questions about workshops or if you are having trouble signing up: info@melaniesherman.com