"The idea of using Keraflex on porcelain came from trying to find a way to speed up
the intense work of carving my porcelain." Judi Dyelle
Judi Dyelle pioneered this Keraflex Porcelain process which we now call "The Dyelle Method" It's a "why didn't I think of that" process that is both simple and revolutionary! As you can see from the image above, Keraflex Porcelain works in perfect harmony on Judi's delicate celadon bowls.
"The idea of using Keraflex on porcelain came from trying to find a way to speed up the intense work of carving my porcelain. I love the translucency that one gets when one carves through a thinly thrown piece. I did try using shellac and latex to obtain similar results to carving but was never fully satisfied. One day I thought I will just cut out some Keraflex simple shapes and see if they will stick on a porcelain bowl. The bowl and design dried very well, so on to a bisque and a glaze firing with no problem. So here are the guidelines.
1.First decide on what type of design you want for the form that you are working with. Make sure that it will fit the form. If your work is really thin then make sure that the design goes all around in order to avoid warpage.
2.Cut out the design using any sort of sharp knife or scissors. You may need to cut the design into segments if it is rather complicated.
3.You will be placing the Keraflex onto a porcelain piece that is leather hard. If it is too soft you might distort it when you rub the Keraflex onto the surface.
4.Soak a piece of the design in water until it is fairly flexible and then just lay it onto your porcelain piece. Rub down with a sponge to eliminate any extra water that is on the surface and to also ensure that any air pockets are removed and edges are secured.
5.Once you have all the design placed on the porcelain just set it aside to dry. No need to baby it.
6.Bisque fire as you would your regular work and then glaze and fire as you normally do.
I have only used it with the porcelain that I work with so I can’t guarantee that it will work with all clays. I am using Tom Coleman’s porcelain produced by Aardvark. I fire to cone 10 in a propane kiln with a reducing atmosphere.
I also can’t guarantee that it will work in all firing atmospheres. I can’t see why it wouldn’t but you never know.
Both the 0.5mm and 1.0mm Keraflex can be used for this process. I now want to try building up layers of Keraflex on the porcelain. I will have to be careful about placement of it so as to avoid warping the piece. So go out there and see what you can do with it." Judi Dyelle
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Artist: Judi Dyelle. Title: Bowl with Irises. Materials/Method:Keraflex Porcelain 0.5mm, Tom Coleman's Porcelain, Glaze. Fired to Cone Ten in Reduction, Propane. Dimensions:7"wx3.375H. Image Courtesy of the Artist. All Rights Reserved. For more Images of Judi Dyelle's Artwork, see the Keraflex Gallery.