Dalia Lauckaite Jakimaviciene


china ceramic net


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 Technical statement

    My favorite techniques working with clay are slab-building and press-molding. I use plaster molds. Usually I work with earthenware, which is fired at 1100℃. I add about 20% of fine grog to assist drying. Sometimes I use stoneware and porcelain, too.
    After bisque firing glaze usually with commercial glazes. I use spraying and dipping, or sometimes apply glaze with the brush. Occasionally I leave some places without the glaze, so that the rough clay surface would contrast with shiny glaze. I am working with white glaze quite often, because after the glaze firing I usually work with over-glaze techniques, so I need a white of light background.


    My third on-glaze technique is collage-like. I cut trans technique is collage-like, I cut transfers and combine them into usually complex, solemn and elaborate compositions. A plate may be composed of 40-50 small pieces. I enjoy that play with decals, feeling like a child, playing with colorful pieces of pictures. A successive phase is drawing with fine pen and a brush, applying china paints. This is a very important phase in my work, because I like playing with illusion, and this is when I arrange the components into the space. In the case of figural compositions this is the perspective, the tilled floor usually they require separate firing. In the case I can draw not only around decals, but also on them, after they are once fired.
    I usually use commercial decals, but lately I began using decals that were made specially for me from my photos. In that case I can get such images

as Vilnius architecture, my children's or my own portraits. When I incorporate my face into the composition, there is a reference to old painting, when I incorporate my face into the composition, there is a reference to old painting, when masters used to paint self-portraits somewhere in the corner of a figural composition. Recently I began experimenting with computer and digital imaging of scanned photographs and designs. Since the "ink" of the laser printer contains iron oxide, it can be used for making decals. I use a special decal paper, and after printing the image, it must be coated with decal lacquer. After transferring that image to the glazed surface and firing at below the glaze's melting temperature, it will fuse and remain. Because of the iron, the fired color turns to reddish brown. These experiments allow me to choose any images I like, and what I can't do is to use only commercial decals.

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