The Albany Regional Porcelain Art Group held their annual workshop from 15th to the 17th March 2016. The three day workshop was held at the clubrooms of the Veteran Car Club in Albany.
For 25 years Albany was the home of the very popular Porcelain Art Camp held at Camp Quaranup in National Park on the outskirts of Albany. Unlike the 'camps' which were live-in and fully catered, students participating in the Albany workshops arrange their own accommodation and catering. With many excellent hotels and B&Bs available in Albany, this arrangement proves popular among visiting students.
Three classes were run concurrently:
Anne Blake painting the Qualup Bell flower.
Trixie Emery painting Zebra and Red-Headed finches.
Judith Standing painting a sea-scape with overlay of local orchid or wildflower.
Shown: Qualup Bell tile painted by Anne Blake
This quite rare wildflower is found in the Fitzgerald River National Park east of Albany and is distinguished by its beautiful pink bell shaped flowers. The flower was painted in a naturalistic fashion using traditional china paints and techniques. Various border styles were discussed and demonstrated including lustre or grounded panels over-stamped with contrasting raised texture paste.
shown: plate by Naomi
Trixie's class painted a variety of finches using traditional paints. The pieces were then completed with students choosing from a variety of background techniques demonstrated by Trixie.
shown left plate by Trixie Emery
Judith's class painted a beautiful coastal scene featuring breaking waves on a sandy bay. The foreground featured local wildflowers or orchids with many students choosing the WA donkey orchid, the yellow flowers complimenting the seascape background beautifully.
"With the arrival of students and teachers many old friendships were rekindled especially between country and city china painters."
shown below: Carol and mother Dorothy painting Qualup Bells
Above right : Qualup bell plates painted by Irena, Norma and Lucyna
Shown below: Qualup bell plate painted by Betty
shown below: Trixie Emery with Ruth Hansen & Barbara Southall
With the arrival of students and teachers many old friendships were rekindled especially between country and city china painters. The workshop was conducted in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and of course some beautiful work was produced.
Congratulations once again to the President and Committee of the Albany Regional Porcelain Art Group for a most successful and well run workshop.
shown below: finch plates by Trixie Emery
All photographs are © A Blake 2016 unless otherwise stated