Artist and educator Mariana Sampaio will be visiting from Portugal to share her knowledge of traditional Portuguese tile painting, inspired by tile panels created in the 16th and 17th centuries. These “azulejos” tiles can be seen throughout Portugal and exemplified by the use of majolica, a painterly glazing style predominantly using shades of blues and whites. Over the course of two, six-hour sessions, you’ll learn about the history of Portuguese traditional blue and white tiles, and explore the techniques used to create four different styles of tile panels. Each short lesson will build upon the last, and students will have the opportunity to make their own panels using two of the techniques.
This workshop is open to all skill levels, whether you’re new to ceramics or a seasoned artist interested in experimenting with more painterly glaze techniques for surface decoration of pots, tiles, or ceramic tile murals. Majolica is not as commonly used in the states, so this is a unique opportunity to learn from a classically trained Portuguese artist. Take your tiles home and install them in your kitchen, bathroom, or sunroom. Or, simply use them as a beautiful coaster set for your home!
All supplies provided, including glazing and firing of student tiles (panels up to 12 tiles each). Students will return to Radius during open hours to pick up finished pieces.