Ceramic Tile and Lazertran Workshop 20th January 2012

On the 20th January myself, Alex Hirtzel (freelance artist) and Sobia Khan (Arts Educator) visited Oliver Thomas Nursery School and Elmhurst Primary School to work with their Newham Family Learning Groups and delivered creative art workshops experimenting with Lazertran paper, ceramic tiles and glass paints.

For this workshop I printed out some Delft tiles depicting typically Dutch images of windmills, clogs and ships onto Lazertran transfer paper. Workshop participants then selected tile designs and transferred the images onto ceramic tiles by placing the Lazertran paper onto tiles and then wetting and peeling off the backing paper from the Lazertran. The tiles were then dried using hairdryers to fix the Lazertran transfers in place. After this process participants were left with a ceramic tile with the image of the Delft tile on it. Participants then sketched designs onto their tiles to embellish them using blue felt-tips and then went over their pen designs with blue glass paints, taking inspiration from the Wallace Collection’s Dutch paintings.

This was a really fun workshop and participants really enjoyed learning how to use the Lazertran, ceramic tiles and glass paints and particularly liked the instant and visually exciting effects of the Lazertran.

We planned and delivered this workshop due to the fact that participants will be working on ceramic vases for their final exhibition and will be using the same process to decorate their vases.  We therefore wanted participants to experiment with using the Lazertran, glass paints and ceramic tiles before planning their final exhibition vases so they could experience the types of techniques, motifs and materials they could incorporate into their vases.

Here are some pictures of the workshop participants busy at work and the ceramic tiles they produced.


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