May 18–19, 2019

Learn a variety of on-glaze surface decoration methods including china painting, decal, luster and kintsugi application. Bring your own pieces or use commercially glazed tiles and experiment with layers of different decoration techniques.

Cost: $150
Supply Fee: $25 (Includes: Nib + Holder, 6% German Platinum Luster, 0.5g, Decals, 1/2 sheet, China, Paint Pigment (black), 0.5g, Mixing Medium + Pipette, 1/2 order)

Melanie Sherman Workshop Schedule 9:30 – 5:00 daily

Day One – China Paint Intro & Application & Image Transfer | Lecture + Demo: 2-3 hours | Lunch 1 hour | Hands-On: 3+ hours | Load Kiln + Clean-Up: 1 hour | Slide-Show + Artist Talk: 1 hour (optional)

Day Two – Lusters & Decals & Kintsugi | Lecture + Demo: 2-3 hours | Lunch 1 hour | Hands-On: 3+ hours | Clean up: 1 hour

What to Bring

  • Respirator with organic vapors filters (highly recommended)
  • Pencil & Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Imagery (Illustrations/Linework in black & white work best)
  • Xacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Small paint brushes (unused)
  • Small palette knife
  • Small glass containers with lids (optional)
  • Porcelain piece to paint on (flat surface preferred)
  • Broken/chipped ceramic piece (for practice, nothing precious!)
  • A sack lunch

323 West Maple Ave
Independence MO 64050

816-254-7552 or

323CLAY is located just west of the historic Independence Courthouse and very near Harry S. Truman’s home, and the Truman Presidential Library. There are a number of small hotels, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants in walking distance to 323CLAY.

Artist Bio

Melanie was introduced to china painting during her residency at the International Ceramics School (ICS) in Kecskemét, Hungary, in 2013, where she had opportunity to study with the renowned Latvian porcelain artist Ilona Romule. As a penmanship enthusiast, she was immediately drawn to the linework she could create and practiced using a metal nib. Melanie then learned the traditional Chinese method of china painting during her residency at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. She observed skilled painters at the Herend and Meissen Porcelain Manufactory as they decorated their traditional porcelain wares.

Melanie uses a variety of surface decoration techniques in her ceramics work, combining multiple images and detailed painted patterning in her motifs. Her body of work references 18th-century European porcelain wares and is produced and finished with the cultural exchange between East and West in mind, blending ancient Eastern surface decoration methods with modern Western surface decoration applications, such as china-paint, lusters, flocking, gold leaf, kintsugi techniques, and decals. Her unique china painting techniques are a rewarding way to produce very precise drawings.