Tauranga Porcelain Artists Association
- Object & Craft
The art of painting porcelain goes back many centuries and lends itself to a variety of techniques and styles from traditional to contemporary.
The paints used are a mineral powder mixed with a medium to a workable consistency and can be applied by brush, sponge, pen etc. to china, bone china or porcelain and even glass. The piece is then fired in a kiln up to 800°C. Repeated firings are done to strengthen the colours and further detailing can be added between firings. Additions such as texture, gold, platinum and lustres are used to enhance the designs and a lower temperature is needed.
With the new materials available now it gives the art a whole new dimension using new techniques for modern designs.
The Tauranga Porcelain Artists are a group of enthusiastic women who meet each Thursday at the Art and Craft Centre in Elizabeth Street West in Tauranga. We meet from 9 am to midday, sometimes going for longer if we are doing a workshop or have a guest tutor.
We have regular projects throughout the year and encourage beginners to join us to learn this fascinating art form which can be as simple or as detailed as you want it to be. You don’t need to be artistically talented to be able to enjoy this art form and the club can help set you up with initial supplies for minimal cost.
The club has its own kiln which members can use.
Check out our Facebook page for more pictures: Tauranga Porcelain Artists
Jan Lock: Phone 07 574 3087 Mob. 021 663 565
Maria King: Mob. 027 553 3042