I started my knowledge of ceramics in 2001 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. I didn’t stay there very long, though. The styl of teaching was too traditional for my taste and soon I started losing motivation to even go to class. A year later I decided to quit and started my own studio at home. At the beginning my studio was located in the laundry. The 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. Today, I am doing well, I’m getting better every day and I have never regretted the decision to leave school. With a cup of good coffee and good music, I realize all my ideas.  Although the results never are what I’ve initally imagined it to be, 

I still keep on trying to do my best. The clay I use the most is a stoneware. I also like porcelain for its noble properties. I create my figurines by hand. Occasionally I use plaster molds 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 my works of dust and various types of tarnish from the kiln. I use non-toxic glazes and apply them with a brush. It would be difficult to use an airbrush or compressor to glaze figurines, but these 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 ) and . . . It’s ready!

Izabela Thomas

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