Barbara Cronin will lead this course in porcelain painting, demonstrating an artform that had its beginnings in the Neolithic age when man started making ceramic items. The method these days is basically the same where the painted porcelain is fired in a kiln several times to obtain depth of colour and texture. Students will learn about mixing their powders with an oil medium and applying their design in thin coats using sable brushes. Finishing techniques to enhance the work can include the use of precious metals, including gold.
Beginners, Intermediate (18+ years)View list of Student Requirements for this course
Barbara Cronin was introduced to porcelain painting in 1992, she joined APAT in 2004 and is also a member of the W.A. Guild of China Painters. She has travelled overseas to attend workshops and exhibit her work. Highlights were; 2002 exhibited her work at the SPK-APP Exhibition, Bern, Switzerland and in 2012 the TIPA Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand. Barb finds that travelling and meeting up with other artists is enjoyable and inspirational, resulting in life-time friendships which she values immensely. Barbara teaches porcelain and glass painting in W.A and has taught in the eastern states and Singapore. She is often asked to demonstrate various subjects at art conventions and exhibitions. From 1998 to 2007 Barbara entered the Perth Royal Show and won the top awards for many pieces on various subjects and design. Artistic Influences; Barbara’s mother excelled at art and encouraged her children to do so. Barbara has younger siblings who paint watercolours, oils and pastels. She has joined them for several “Family Exhibitions” in Western Australia. Barbara and Harold married in 1965 and farmed near the Fitzgerald River National Park, a place of beautiful flora and fauna, great material for inspiration to paint on porcelain. The start of 2014 saw them move to Napier, near Albany, Western Australia. A small fresh-water lake nearby with a myriad of bird and animal life about, enables her to pursue her love of painting them on porcelain. Barbara uses the many paints, lustres, glass and textures to experiment with and enhance her paintings. During 2016 and 2017 she was Editor for the Australasian Open Medium Newsletter and enjoyed the challenge immensely.