Mini Workshop – Gold Leaf

Eriko Watanabe

In this workshop, you will learn how to finish your work uniquely using Japanese Gold Leaf and how to correctly use this ultra-thin, delicate and fragile material. You will experience how different the finish is compared to using gold liquid.

We will be using a very pure (94.44%) Gold Leaf for this workshop as well as Gold Powder Spray. Both these products will be available to purchase from Eriko – Gold Leaf sheet $30 and Gold Powder Spray (45ml) $40. You may wish to use only the Gold Leaf and just watch the demonstration on the Gold Powder Spray or buy both (Eriko will pass on the same discounted price that she pays to her students). When booking we will require you to state in advance which products you will need to purchase for this workshop.

Artworks by Eriko Watanabe

About Eriko Watanabe

Since I first starting working with painted porcelain, 20 years has passed. I never expected that the hobby that I first took up in a light-hearted way would continue to be an important part of my life for so long.

With all of the various courses that I took, I studiously and earnestly applied myself to learn as much as I could. During this time, I met some wonderfully skilled teachers, and painters from famous European kilns. Seven years after I began studying, I was given the opportunity to lecture in my own right, and my life as an instructor has continued to this day.

There are a great variety of hobbies in the world, and porcelain painting is one which can look daunting for the beginner. However, once people begin learning about this art form, they often find that they want to dive deeper into the rich world of porcelain painting. I am one of those people who found themselves attracted to this world.

Unlike a professional painter, who must paint the same way hundreds and hundreds of times, each time I face a pure white piece of porcelain with my paintbrush in my hand, I always feel this fascination afresh. It is always a genuine joy to hold in my hands a piece of painted porcelain still warm from the kiln.

I now feel both the pleasure of the artist and the worthiness of the instructor.

Because I had a tough time mastering the necessary technical skills, I want to show my students a more direct route to enjoying porcelain painting. Also, although porcelain painting is still not widely recognised, it is my sincere wish to introduce and share an enjoyment of this art form to as many people as possible.

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