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Pictorial Porcelain: Enhancing the Surface with Pattern, Design, and Personal Narrative
Brookeâ€™s demonstration will include various ways in which to make forms as well as an array of ways to excite the surface with several decorative techniques being shown and exercised by those who attend. Participants will gain a new vocabulary of skills and technique and take home ideas on how to develop and expand on their own personal style.
The presentation of methods will focus on enhancing the ceramic surface through a variety of techniques. Participants will learn how to add interest and voice to the surface of functional pots and other porcelain forms. Methods of creating forms will be discussed and shown are: simple wheel throwing, wet hand-building on the wheel head, soft-slab construction, slip-casting, and a coil-building/pinching technique used to create texture. By employing various ways of making, Brooke will create forms with which to embellish the surface, and practice several decoration techniques. These techniques include: mishima, sgraffito, thermofax â€œscreen-printingâ€, shellac resist, slip trailing, plaster image transfer, the use of text and font, using templates for slip application, as well as some glazing tips. Conversation about design choices, composition, and the inclusion of narrative as a vehicle for personal messages will be encouraged.
Participants will practice some of the demonstrated techniques by decorating blank porcelain tiles using carving tools, colored slips and underglazes, type-font, and screened imagery.
Brooke Noble (b. 1979) received her B.F.A. from Syracuse University and attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois for her M.F.A. Between degrees, she was a resident artist at three studio art centers: Vermont Clay Studio, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, (CO.) and Bluseed Studios of Saranac Lake, NY. Ceramics has taken Noble to many destinations both nationally and internationally in an exchange to both learn and teach ceramic techniques. Highlights for her include kiln-building at Good Hope Plantation in Jamaica and Studying Abroad in Oaxaca State, Mexico during Graduate School. Brookeâ€™s work has been exhibited in numerous reputable galleries nationwide and has been published in books and periodicals. She has been an active volunteer for the NCECA organization and has received artistsâ€™ grants and awards for her research in the clay medium. In addition, she enjoys teaching classes and workshops to both adults and children in the Adirondack communities of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, NY as well as traveling nationally to Art Centers and Academic Institutions to share in her experience.