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Hello! I'm new to the site and also new to working with ceramics. I may have jumped in way over my head by choosing porcelain to sculpt small figures, but I'm enjoying the experience. I wondered if anyone could recommend books or websites that address creating in porcelain. I've been browsing the web and have found some information but I'd really like to find someone who didn't mind answering some questions.


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Depending on your scale, porcelain could be a hindrance or a perfect medium.

First. Porcelain is a dense clay. Fired to viscosity, a sculpture with thick thin depths could tend to crack.

the addition of molochite grog or paper pulp can help offset this problem.

Here are a few examples of contemporary artists working in porcelain: Paula Winokur (one of my teachers uses molochite grog), Rosette Gault (well-known author of books on Paper clay uses paper pulp additions), Jason Walker who adds interesting graphics, Adelaide Paul who produces some political pieces



Rosette Gault sculpture





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You are not jumping in over you head you just want to do it. That is fine. Porcelain can be lovely to work with and a pain in the neck at the same time. Just remember until you become familiar with the medium you will be testing it out. It may crack and warp for no apparent reason. But hang in there it is the nature of porcelain.


This is something I posted awhile back; to me it is the ultimate in porcelain figurines. It is beautifully rendered, very sensual and romantic. The lack of colorings adds to the story telling, refusing to allow distractions from its meaning and intent.




I hope you like working with porcelain and grow to love the medium and give the world something it has never seen before or at least in a couple of hundred years.


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