Thursday, October 8, 2015

China-Painting Workshop

Learn techniques for this beautiful post-glaze firing decoration style. This workshop coincides with my exhibition at Belger Crane Yard Gallery.

Saturday will consist of different China-painting techniques on plates and tiles. Aspects such as composition planning, transferring images, tools and mixing medium for application, as well as firing procedures and temperatures will all be demonstrated, discussed and immediately applied. We will fire the pieces made that night for pick up the next day.

On Sunday, we will cover many of the same considerations for Luster application techniques. Although similar to China painting in firing temperature range, Luster application and firing techniques have subtle differences that are best understood with good demonstration and hands-on application.

These two days can be taken on their own or as a pair. They go hand-in-hand, so the two-day option is highly recommended.

The workshop includes china paint and luster materials, ceramic tiles/plates to be decorated, and firing. Participants bring their own tools. A tool list will be supplied in advance.

Saturday (China-Painting): $100
Sunday (Luster-Painting): $100
Both Days: $180
To sign up, email or call 816-474-7316

China-Painting Workshop | October 17 + 18, 2015
Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108

Sunday, September 27, 2015

SCHEMA: A Journey Through Traditional Patterns and Imagery

Melanie Sherman - SCHEMA: A Journey Through Traditional Patterns and Imagery

You are hereby cordially invited to attend the reception of "SCHEMA: A Journey Through Traditional Patterns and Imagery":

I am very excited to announce the date for the opening reception of my new exhibition “Schema: A Journey Through Traditional Patterns and Imagery” at Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108 on Friday, October 2nd from 6pm – 9pm. I will have more than 50 pieces on display including precious vases, platters, plates, photography and much more featuring traditional and contemporary imagery and patterns; all delicately China painted and wonderfully decorated with gold and flock.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


I am working on my upcoming solo exhibition at Belger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City, Missouri.

"SCHEMA: A Journey Through Traditional Patterns and Imagery" opens on October 2, 2015.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

INSPIRATION | Japanese Tattoos

My travels through Asia last year opened another door for me; I have been inspired by different patterns used traditionally throughout ceramics, fabrics, wood, metal, and the arts in general. Japanese tattoos have a rich amount of patterns and imagery as well, using very traditional symbolism and decorations. I've been collecting tattoo designs, pairing them with the patterns I've collected throughout my travels, and am painting them onto my ceramic pieces made during my residency in Jingdezhen, China.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

STUDIO | Cleaning the studio

Although I have been working in my home studio since November last year, I haven't had the time yet to get everything out of the boxes and organize the tools and supplies properly. These boxes were packed at the Kansas City Art Institute when I graduated in 2014... 

I am still missing a lot of my throwing tools and that just shows how long I've not been throwing. I have mainly been working with plaster and casting slip, and most of my time right now is filled with china-painting the vases, plates, and tea sets I brought back from my travels to Asia last year.
The wheel area -
I did sit down yesterday to throw some cups on the wheel -
I still got it, no worries, it's like riding a bike!

My shelving -
the family we rent the space from designed everything for
their painting studio.
We just added some shelving to accommodate our needs
to store shorter stuff.

The china-painting area -
I like to stand up when I work.
It is much easier on my back!
This has just the right height to stand all day
and not get a backache!

Oh, all the stuff I have...
Mostly molds I made during my residencies in
Hungary and China, supplies I used during
my Undergrad years at KCAI, and tools...
... loads of tools...

Monday, August 17, 2015

SHOP | New jewelry in the shop!

I've been listing a couple of items each day to my etsy shop []: Today's add were two elegant and minimalist white pendant necklaces I made during my time in Hungary:

Melanie Sherman Porcelain Necklace Silver White
Porcelain necklace, white with silver chain
Hungarian Porcelain
1 1/4" x 1 1/4"

Chain: Silver, 19"
US$ 36.00

Porcelain necklace, white with silver chain Hungarian Porcelain
1 1/4" x 1 1/4"
Chain: Silver, 19"
US$ 36.00

I'm also listing these white porcelain necklaces with gold luster and 15" gold snake chain necklace:
Porcelain necklace, white with gold
Hungarian Porcelain
1" x 3/4"
Chain: Gold. snake, 15"

US$ 36.00 

Porcelain necklace, white with gold
Hungarian Porcelain
1" x 3/4"
Chain: Gold. snake, 15"

US$ 36.00 

An elegant way to wear porcelain! These porcelain "tokens" were decorated with a gold luster and then designed into rings, pendants, brooches, and earrings. I make these tokens on my travels around the globe, with local materials, and transform them into a wearable piece of art. These jewelry pieces are assembled by me here in the US in my ceramics studio and every piece is unique. This beautiful porcelain comes from Hungary, where I worked for 6 weeks in 2015. It is one of the whitest, most translucent porcelain.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Studio Nong in KCMO

I took the sculpture workshop with artist collective Studio Nong at Belger Crane Yard Studios here in KCMO. This was my first time sculpting and working with a red clay body, and I enjoyed all the pointers Misty Gamble, Jessie Fisher and Bangmin Nong could give me. Although my sculpture looked nothing like our model Tommy Frank, it was super exciting to work so contrarily to how I usually operate. No porcelain and metal nibs for precision, just red iron stained hands, a wooden tool, and an eye for facial planes and contours.

Studio Nong is an artists collective and international residency program focused on figurative clay sculpture and the fusion on eastern and western artistic practice. Made up of eight artists and educators from the United States and southern China, the Collective's current residency program takes place at the Memphis College of Art and the Kansas City Art Institut.
The work they made during this residency will be in a show called "SunSet | SunRise: Work from Studio Nong" and will be up at Belger Crane Yard Studios here in KCMO from August 28th until September 18th, 2015. I toured their studio at the Kansas City Art Institute yesterday and their sculptures look AMAZING!!