"Painting and ceramics"- Tom & Isabel Dempsey"Painting and ceramics"- Tom & Isabel Dempsey

We are at it again ‘cept this time we will show together. We have new work; Isabel’s fine collection of painting/collage on paper, and Tom’s foray into the sordid world of painting on ceramic.

First some examples from Isabel. In my opinion some of her best work visually with very engaging “narratives”.
Great color and shape selection along with whimsical placement of collage figures. All are 45 x 56cm.

Under the guidance of Elena Lambrou of the Armoloi Ceramics workshop, I (Tom) tentatively tried painting on ceramic a few times over the winter at Armoloi Ceramics to very limited success. However there was something that I enjoyed about the process and, with Elena’s help, ordered some pitchers, tiles and plates along with powdered glaze which I could use in my own studio whenever I wished. The results were way more coherent and interesting. A glimmer of hope.

I understood immediately that brush painting on three dimensional surfaces was not at all akin to using a brush on a flat plane. A second difficulty was the nature of the powdered glazes. At my stage it was impossible to tell how much water to mix in order to get a opaque or transparent color down. The more I worked the easier it became. Trial and error with a lot more error thrown in. And then there is the firing!


Different sizes: 1/2 liter pitchers (for wine drinking 8 year olds), 1 liter pitchers, tiles 15cm square, plates 24cm diameter.





Images from Tom & Isabel Dempsey's exhibition at Mercurius Bar Gallery

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