Here is one kind of artform where you can erase the work and start all over again if you don’t like how it looks (before burning or firing it). The art is porcelain painting. Sandie Broedelet, master porcelain painter, finds that porcelain painting is more her thing than painting on canvas. “Painting on smooth and white porcelain is more for me.”
It’s been ten years since Sandie started porcelain painting, while living in Zurich, Switzerland. “When I came across a piece of work painted by my soon to be mentor, Susanna Hofmann, I just fell in love with the concept that you can paint on such fine pieces and you can also be wild and bold on bigger areas.”
Sandie has lived in ten countries before moving to Dubai. Some of the places include the Americas, Asia, Europe, Caribbean and the Middle East. “Now that I have moved to Dubai, I find myself using more Arabesque designs. I find them intricate and fascinating and they have such an effective feeling on porcelain.”
“I not only work with geometric patterns; I use floral and animal patterns. Right now, I am mixing geometric patterns with sedate roses, fish and more.”
Sandie is also a bridge player and has designed bowls with signs of the cards on the bowls (basically hearts, spades, diamonds and clubs). “I love using olive green, red and black colouring and it has become a favourite of mine to give away as presents to bridge playing friends!”
What a great idea to identify what your favourite sport is and create artwork or crafts that revolve round that sport.
What is the best part of porcelain painting, we ask Sandie. “The best part of this type of painting for me is that I can be busy for hours and not notice the time going by. I also love the fact that
very often if I am not happy with the painting, I can erase everything and start from scratch (as long as I have not fired the piece). Some people go to the gym, I find painting is my way of relaxing.”
Hmm…perhaps we (this is Jan speaking) will skip the gym in favour of porcelain painting!
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