Post-fired finishes with Marie EvB Gibbons
What to expect
Give yourself the PERMISSION to stray from the norm. If you are creating non-functional work - sculptural pieces, post fired finishes may just be what you are looking for if you've been unhappy with glaze results, or are not in a position to use glazes and have work fired a second time. Having the freedom to work with color as it is happening on your work is an amazing thing!
The primary medium Marie uses on her fired clay is fluid acrylic washes which are diluted and used in a very similar way to watercolor painting, building up saturation of color through multiple layers. Students will be shown through videos how to prepare acrylic washes, the techniques used to apply washes and sealants to fired work, and discussion of the many possibilities available using post fire finishes, as well as the best clays and firing temperatures for pieces intended for this finishing method. Marie will be available to answer questions throughout the course.
Duration of class
4 weeks video classes
6 weeks total viewing
Early bird $129
Students will received the material list when they register for the class
If you are ready to experiment and try a new finishing method to your non-functional work, be it for firing factors (post-fired work require only ONE trip to the kiln), wanting more control in the coloring of your work, or just because you like to try new things I hope you will consider this course as a guide to new possibilities for your clay work!
Contents of the e-course
The work that is best. If you have bisque low-fire work available, by all means you can use that. If, however, it is an important piece to you that you have particular expectations for it is highly recommended that you create test tiles of spheres for your first experiences with the technique. Week 1 will show you some good surface treatments for this technique, as well as finished pieces showing the final results. I will demonstrate creating simple surface marks and textures that will react very well with the finishing technique we will be using. Once these pieces are fired you will be ready to start Post-Fire Finishing!
What do I need for this e-course?
- You must have consistent access to a computer, iPad or iPhone or related technology.
- You must have basic computer knowledge. (Although we will assist you with the viewing of the videos, we cannot teach you how to use a computer).
- Acrylic paints, fluid consistancy which is bottled acrylics, also known as craft acrylics. they are a thinner consistency which makes them much better to dilute. you will need black for the black wash method, and colors of your choosing for coloring your work. Avoid pastels, such as pink, light yellows, blues, greens etc. pastels are mixed with white and can leave a chalky residue. Some brand names you can find in craft stores and also online: Ceramacoat, folk art, Anita's, Dick Blick also has a line of craft acrylics (I have no brand loyalty, any of these work well)
- brushes, soft bristol such as nylon in sizes varying from small to medium
- bucket for water, small container for mixing color washes
- scouring pad also called scrubbies and / or Mr. Clean magic erasers
- clear acrylic sealant - I prefer spray on, but brush ons can also work. My preferred sealant is by Rustoleum, 2x matte clear acrylic sealant (found in craft or hardware stores)
- we will discuss additional mediums that can be used, these would be optional add on's, such as liquid gold leaf
- white, low fire clay work to paint on. I work in a low fire white sculpture clay (Laguna Raku K) fired to cone 04 Work with surface texture such as carving, impressed designs, etc. is best with these techniques
- This class will offer you the ability to use post fired techniques to finish your ceramic work, specifically acrylic washes. How to dilute acrylics to a watercolor consistency, how to apply color and increase saturation by layering colors. Black washing, to obtain dynamic black and white detailing. Use of optional add on mediums such as acrylic gold leaf.
- No refunding.
- Submitting an online registration indicates your agreement with this policy.