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Title of Work: Émaux (also called Émail) Ombrant+Lithophane Women’s March for America

This technique invented in France by the Rubellas Pottery factory in the mid 19th century is called “émaux ombrant, also called émail ombrant, meaning “enamel shadows”. The negative transparency of shadows, makes the image. It is related to lithophanes I carved in plaster of the women’s March.The little girls and their supportive parents inspired me.

Date of work: November 5, 2017
size: plate is 8.25” x 8.25” x 1”
size: lithophane test is 4” x 4” x .125”
Materials: plate is porcelain clay, plaster mold carved as a low bas-relief image used as a press mold, cone 6, underglaze, mixed Amaco celadon glazes.
Lithophane test is translucent porcelain slip, cone 6 – no glaze.



Émail Ombrant

Here I am working in an outdoor studio paradise near Tanglewood, Massachusetts.  My husband and I where attending a concert version of “Das Reingold”, by Richard Wagner, perfromed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  It’s a beautiful day, and I am carving a bas-relief narrative on plaster, making a commemorative plate in a new technique I learned about from Dr. Margaret Carney’s book “Lithophanes”.  It’s related in it’s appearance and translucent look to the Lithophanes I learned to make in Hungary at the International Ceramic Studio also called Kecskemét. I have many hours of carving ahead and will reveal results soon.  Wish me luck with glaze experiments.