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China Paint: Form and Illusion
with Kurt Weiser
July 14–18, 2014

Learn the techniques of china painting—including mixing and mediums, application and firing—in this five-day workshop. Weiser will demonstrate the china-painting techniques he uses in his own work and provide insight into strategies for successful application. Historical uses of china painting will be explored as sources of inspiration, including: Meissen and Sevres, Chinese porcelain painting, European painting and artists such as Memling, Bosch and many others. Weiser will also discuss his approach to making the porcelain pieces he paints on and will share information related to his clay bodies and glazes, and mold making and casting techniques. Participants’ own finished products will serve as an instructive reference for the synthesis of all these constituent techniques.

Weiser will give a public artist talk on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:30 pm in the Bray Resident Center.


Kurt Weiser, Untitled

Kurt Weiser, Luna

Kurt Weiser

Kurt Weiser studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Michigan. He was the Director of the Archie Bray Foundation, from 1977 until 1989 when he began teaching at Arizona State University, where he is now a Regents Professor. Weiser’s work is a mix of loosely based classical Asian forms and a surface treatment reminiscent of the painted porcelains of Europe–a mixture of elements of both the East and West. He has twice received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and has work published in over 60 books on the subject of art and ceramics and has lectured in Europe, Asia and North America. His work is in many collections including: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London England; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA;. The Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan; The Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA; The Newark Museum of Art, Newark., NJ; The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C; The National Museum of History,Taipei,Tiawan and the Helsinki Museum of Applied Arts, Helsinki, Finland.