By Iza

I started my knowledge of ceramics in 2001 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. The rigid framework of the course and the poor help of the lady conducting the classes caused a constant lack of motivation. I had enough and after a year I started to work in my own home. At the beginning in the laundry. Washer and dryer were an excellent company – taciturn and discreet. After another year, I moved to the garage. I already had my own kiln, potter’s wheel , glazes and everything I need to make pottery. This is how my real studio was created. I am well in it today and I have never regret the decision to resign from school. With a cup of good coffee and good music, I realize all my ideas. And although not once the effect is far from expected, I keep on continuing.
The clay I use most often is a stoneware, but I also like porcelain for its noble properties. I create my figurines by hand. I use plaster molds, but occasionally for bowls. I always dry objects in the kiln after natural drying. It ensures no crack in biscuit firing (at 900 ° C – 1000 ° C). I glaze biscuit after wiping of the dust and various types of tarnish from the kiln. I use non-toxic glazes and apply them with a brush. With figurines, it would be difficult to use an airbrush or compressor, but these instruments are in use when I have to paint larger forms. The painted ceramics are fired a second time at 1060 ° C – 1250 ° C depending on the glaze. Ready 🙂

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