What a joy! Recently I was asked by the wonderful Margaret Stine, business partner and wife of artist and author Richard Stine, to participate in a terrific cause: a benefit for the newly opened Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
The event: “Art of the Table II,” a special waterfront dinner party and auction for 100 (by invitation only), coming up in September at a private home on Bainbridge Island.
The artist’s challenge? Painting on porcelain/pottery blanks–platters, bowls, plates etc. at Bainbridge Island’s Heart and Soul.
(The fun has been sitting side by side, working away with fellow Bainbridge Island artists and everyone one else who loves to paint–Heart and Soul is a hub of creativity and fun for all ages with birthday parties and summer camps.)
Little tables that dot the sunlit space and small bottles of paints and scraping tools and brushes with fine tips line each spot, ready to go.
Painting on ceramics is new to me. The colors in the wee bottles are a mere shadow of what they’ll be when fired in the kiln. So Peek-A-Boo pastel pink, so lovely and soft at first glance, might turn into something more vibrant and much more pink!
I’ve painted two platters with many layers of blues and turquoises, adding in the pinks I love with a dash of vibrant orange. I’m also painting a big platter with a very soft blue background and deeper hued blue botanicals. And, last but not least, a pink dinner plate to be added to the collection of 10 unique dinner plates–each one painted by a different Island artist. (Oh, I almost forgot about the “Bunny Bowl” with its multi-colored flowers and teensy little white 3D bunnies lining the rim!)
Anway, stay tuned–once the pieces are glazed and fired in the kiln, all the colors will roar to life! I’ll post the pics
It’s been really fun to be part of the group of artists painting on ceramics to benefit our lovely Island Museum: Richard Stine, Max Grover, Karen Sprague, Michael Pontieri and more.