Loralin Toney, Exquisite Moment
China Paint on Porcelain Platter
Dimensions: 16 x 11"
Contains non-leaching lead based paints fired onto surface
food safe but not recommended for use with food
Though self trained as a ceramic sculptor, I am currently exploring the art of porcelain painting. Similar to oil paintings, china (or porcelain) painting consists of using fragrant essential oils mixed with fine pigments. These colors are then applied in kiln fired layers onto a porcelain surface.
The work I created for FoodArtCollection's Going Dutch show, are loose freehand studies of the incredible flower still life's rendered in the golden age of Dutch Mastery.
My off grid studio is hidden in the woods and there is a constant closeness to life and death, beauty, weather and nature. I find that in the Vanitas of the 17th century, the symbolism and fresh discovery of biology align with own personal experiences.
Viewing those stunning flower paintings of old, we can note a poignant adoration in the observation of the artists' wild world of bloom, twig and insect. To me that era and it's reverence of newly discovered life would serve us well here and now. In the sacristy of life, we can find our own continuance and the preservation of the dwindling flora and fauna around us.
Growing up I was a very creative child. I loved to make things, to sew, draw and paint. And as I grew, this creativity became a life focus. However, in my experience its 'just doing it' that provides the talent that folks like to say is exclusive to only a few.
After three years of college I left to open my own studio in the Northwest. I began sculpting and showing in Olympia, Washington for many years eventually forming my business, Terroso Studio. Through this production gardenware company I began selling at local stores, farmers market and wholesale around Oregon and Washington. After ten years of heavy production work I was burned out from the repitition so I began to invent new kinds of fixtures and lamps. After 8 months of inovation and design, I opened Luminosity Lamp Shoppe and sold terracotta light fixtures and lamps in brilliant color.
Now years later I have downsized, moved to the country and work mostly in porcelain. Learning to china paint has been a grand recent adventure. I love the smooth texture and layered color, the tradition and history of this difficult artform. This year I finish a new art studio and begin a new series of painted sculpted figures.
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