The Porcelain Doll Artist - Catherine Mather
The Porcelain Doll Making Process
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From the original clay sculpture Catherine moulds these forms ,using casting plaster to make multi piece slip cast moulds. Slip casting refers to the porous plaster, when the liquid clay slip, is poured into the hollow mould, the moister is draw out of the clay creating a thin shell inside on the moulds surface. The excess liquid clay is poured back out of the mould and a thin inner shell is left to firm. When released from the mould and dried this shell is commonly called green wear. Green wear has a chalky soft texture and must be smoothed down to eliminate any imperfections. Once in the kiln the wear may stay there for any thing up to 24 hours. Catherine works exclusively with porcelain clay and this clay will require the kiln reach above 1100 degrees to create the finished vitrified porcelain. This is the most critical stage of the dolls evolution, such extreme heat reduced the size of the green wear by approximately 12%. The wear is now called bisque and is prepared to receive one of many coats of colour detail. To adhere the colour to the bisque porcelain, a ground pigment and flux is applied and fired to 800 degrees in the kiln to melt the colour onto the surface of the work. To complete the transformation. From parts to full figure, each limb is attached to the body of the doll using elastic, enabling the limbs to
be rotated for dressing and shipping.

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