Join us for an immersive hands-on specialist ceramics workshop where you will explore the art of colour blending and create your very own triaxial colour blend tests using the "gold-standard" volumetric blending method. A technique that can be applied to both commercial glazes as well as the ones we mix in our studios.

Using a mid-fire glaze base, participants will dive into the world of ceramic glaze colours and discover some of the materials and creativity behind achieving stunning results beyond the standard store-bought colour options. Led by experienced ceramic artist Amelia Black participants will be guided through the step-by-step process of creating a triaxial colour blend test, an essential tool for understanding how different colourants interact and blend together in ceramic glazes.

Amelia Black is an American-born ceramic artist and design researcher based in Melbourne/Naarm. Amelia utilises a broad design skill set to research, make, and ultimately invest in the human experience of ideas through clay. Her work is focused on the materials that make up our ceramic practice and the explorations of where these materials come from today, and what new materials we might be able to engage through ceramic technology to create a more sustainable approach to pottery. Amelia will share their expertise and provide practical tips and techniques to help participants develop unique and individual signature glaze colours.

No prior experience in ceramics or glazing is required. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediate-level artists looking to expand their knowledge and skills in ceramic glaze testing. All materials and tools will be provided.

The workshop will take place over two Sundays, on 15 and 22 October. By the end of the workshop you will have created your own triaxial colour blend tests and full access to the other participants' results which will build a small library of test results and serve as a valuable reference for future glazing projects. You will leave with a deeper understanding of how to work with colour in ceramics, the volumetric blending method, and the confidence to keep exploring and customising your own glaze colours in the future.

Slow Clay Centre is a specialist ceramic education centre based in Collingwood, Melbourne.

Image: courtesy of the artist.