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I always love posting cute, fun things. Susan Thumm always knows how to be creative. Thank you for sharing these adorable studies. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Donna!
I am painting the whimsical fish on tooth brush holder, today!! Xoxo
I have been posting new or should I say old PAC Magazines on the website. Today I am posting the oldest ones I have in my hands, that belong to Bertie Stephens. The one I am posting this ad from is July 1964. Remember this is Trivia.
Pauline Salyer wrote a book "The Great Artist of China Decoration" Who were some of the great artists?
PAC published a few of the artist with this ad. Does anyone have this book?
I will post images of these artist's pieces and their names that were published in July of 1964.
Beautiful pieces of art! ... See MoreSee Less
Yes I do ....fond memories
I do. Love this book!
I have and love it!
Gay Cain was the Best! Friends with the the owners of Mr & Mrs China Co. I bought Gay’s painting box that she used to carry her paint supplies.
I am sorry I have been absent for a little bit! But I have the yearbook finished and at the printers. So I want to Thank all the officers that helped me make the yearbook a success.
It looks Great!
I have the new registration form online at our website www.porcelainartclubsoftexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Convention_2021.pdf
I will have vendor information up soon.
I am excited to be going to Granbury for the 20-21 Convention. Dates for the convention Are Monday, April 12th through Thursday, April 15th. The hotel is newly remodeled and looks amazing. The town is so adorable and I think everyone should come early or stay the weekend to enjoy this town. So much to see and do.
Convention Plans are underway and I have some exciting things planned for the convention. I made a few modifications to our schedule. I think you will enjoy very much.
One of the exciting things we will be doing is trivia, so starting today, I am going to post all kinds of stuff going all the way back to 1964. So make sure you read my post and comment!!
I am also,asking for you to send me photos of your clubs,information, whats happening in your club, lessons and more. I want to show everyone what great painters we have in Texas! Lets get motivated to have an amazing year!
Talk to everyone soon. Love you all!!
Donna ... See MoreSee Less
From last year yes, working around Indiana's convention as well as someone else's convention. This way all vendors can attend all the conventions if they choose to.
The date changed?
3 weeks ago
Reaching out to anyone here... My mother painted china for 50 years. She has passed, and now I have a few boxes of blank white china that I'd like to donate. It is just too good to just drop off at Goodwill. I am in Austin. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. ... See MoreSee Less
We would love to have them for convention.
2 months ago
Gail Plunk was an avid china painter. EVERYONE new my mother. I was inspired to paint by the smell of the clove and lavender oils when she painted. Well and the fact I asked her to paint me a box with roses and she told me no, paint it myself. I suppose she knew how to motivate me because I thought I would just show her I would. I still don't have the roses on the box, but I have enjoyed the art, friends and opportunities china painting has given me. Mothers do that ya know. They know how to push us beyond our own comfort zones to be better people. I am thankful of her china painting influence in my life. RIP mom. ... See MoreSee Less
She was so talented I still have one of her pieces!
Yes she was a beautiful artist.
She was a talented artist who loved China painting. She was very generous to share those talents and inspired all of us who were fortunate enough to know her.
2 months ago
We are still celebrating mothers day. Maybe we could celebrate all month long. This is Marsha's mother in law Ms. Lucille Mason. She was a china painter and introduced china painting to Marsha. RIP Ms. Lucille, Thank you for being such an inspirational china painter to Marsha. ... See MoreSee Less
Great idea to celebrate Mother’s Day all the month of May!❤️👏❤️
I love her dog....wonderful to see these porcelain artist. Love reading them all.
2 months ago
Roselyn Thompson's mother in law Martha Dee Thompson was a long time china painter living at Cedar Creek Lake in the Malakoff, Trinidad area of Texas. Martha Dee loved china painting and china painters. She wanted to live to be 100. She lived to be 99 and 1/2 years. I think we can give her the extra 6 months as credit. She was dear to us all. RIP DEE Dee. Roselyn benefited from Martha Dee's china painting knowledge and wealth of china for years to go on to be a good artist and china painter. Thank you for sharing Roselyn, Happy mothers day. ... See MoreSee Less
Martha Dee was rate gem! Wonderful lady, a great home ec teacher, talented artist, & an excellent porcelain art teacher.
Happy Mother’s Day
2 months ago
Jeanie Slaughter from Cedar Creek PAC's great aunt Myrtle Robinson painted this beautiful rose dish. Jeanie's talents are well founded in the women in her family. ... See MoreSee Less
Gorgeous artwork! Jeanie is very talented also!
2 months ago
Roselyn Thompson at Cedar Creek PAC’s mother was Rosie Wentrcek. They lived near Temple TX. Her mom was a great cook and did handwork like embroidery. Her specialty in the kitchen was fantastic kolaches. Oh Hail the great kolache maker. Thank you Rosie for your contribution . I am sure she is very proud of her daughter Roselyn and her beautiful china painting. ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Roselyn Thompson's mother in law. She was a well known Texas china painter and lived to be
99 and ½ years old. She used molds for some parts of the figurines and hand sculpted porcelain clay to form things that there was no mold for. The clothes were of cotton fabric dipped in porcelain slip, molded onto the figures. She then fired the porcelain, glazed it, refired it and then adhered it to the painting background. They are lovely renditions of porcelain 3 – D art and hang proudly in Roselyn and David Thompson’s formal dining room in their home at Cedar Creek Lake Texas. ... See MoreSee Less
So much history here.
2 months ago
A tribute to Jayne King and Janet Nelson from the Dallas PAG club as their mother was a painter. Anna Myrtle Lunday lived in Rendon TX. She had a beautiful family and of course two of our favorite artists in the state of Texas. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you my dear friend! The tribute to our talented and very special mother is so appreciated. She left us with the gift of love for the arts and for those people we are fortunate enough to have in our lives.
I did not know she painted!!! Happy Mother’s Day.
Wow, nice work...timeless.
“The apples didn’t fall from the tree!” You both were truly blessed to have such a great influence in your lives!❤️❤️❤️
I appreciate that my friend! We are blessed.
2 months ago
A tribute to our china painting mothers. Thank you for loving refined arts, china painting and introducing a wonderful fulfilling art to us. Jeanie Slaughter's from Cedar Creek PAC's mother was Iva Jordan Norris was an oil painter. Her great aunt Myrtle Robinson from Corsicanna painted pink roses on a serving tray. ... See MoreSee Less
Wonderful tribute. Pretty lady!
My great Aunt Iva...loved her ❤
Jeanie needs to paint her mothers portrait! Beautiful photo!
Love these photos Susan.
2 months ago
Just read a great article. Thank you artists for sharing your knowledge. You are so wonderful!
Copied from PPIO Topic of the Week: GOLD
Rinda Dunson - I need info on Roman gold I have a bunch of boxes of it but it doesn't always turn out right
Magda Roch Same with me
Rinda Dunson Liquid bright works better for me !
Alice L Wofford I tried to post the entire message but it was too long ....unless it posted and I don't see it.....so am dividing it up into several posts. Bear with me
Alice L Wofford One of the subjects that scares china painters, old and new, the most is gold; the types, terminology, the applications, media used with it and the problems that occur with it. Most of the fear is caused because gold is a mystery to so many people. Once the mystery is solved then gold becomes just another tool used to enhance our art. Hopefully the following will help dispel gold’s mystique for you.
Gold is a luster, not a paint. As such it sits on top of the glaze and does not become part of it like our mineral paints do.
To add to the confusion, there is also a luster named Gold Luster. Plus such lusters as Halo Gold, Weeping Gold and Crackling Gold just to name a few. These are all much thinner in viscosity and have less gold content to them.
Golds and other lusters are also called metallics. This is because there are various amounts of metals in their composition. To add to the confusion, there is a paint we use called metallic paint but which has no metal in it. Instead it is made with finely ground mica and is called metallic because of its sparkle.
All forms of gold have gold in them but they vary in the amount in the content. It ranges from 10 - 24% for Liquid Bright Gold, Liquid Burnish has between 15 and 22%, Roman Gold contains approximately 30 - 45 % although most are between 35 and 40% and powdered gold is 40 - 45%.
Gold comes in liquid, paste, pat and powdered forms. The liquid form is either Liquid Bright Gold or Liquid Burnish Gold. Pastes and pats can be Roman Gold - both fluxed and unfluxed, White Gold, Green Gold, Rosy Gold, Lemon Gold and others. The powdered form is almost always Roman Gold. And there is a Gold Leaf which can be fired. I have used the Gold Leaf only once but not well so will not try to give instructions on this.
Marci Blattenberger First, only reconstitute a small section of gold, especially if you're using the pat on the piece of glass.
Everytime you reconstitute it, it's gets a little harder to do the next time, so if you thin the whole pat instead of thinning a small section…
Alice L Wofford
LIQUID BRIGHT GOLD
Liquid Bright Gold should NOT be shaken. Any settlement in the bottom should be left alone. If it gets in the gold, the settlement dulls and streaks it.
Liquid Bright Gold comes in the correct viscosity for pen work, but to apply with a brush or otherwise you need to let it thicken, not too much or it will be hard to apply. This thickening also helps to avoid runs when applying. To thicken the gold, set out a few drops on a clean tile and allow the suspension medium to evaporate a little. If your gold gets too thick you can thin it with a drop or two of Gold Essence, Gold Facilitator, Lavender Oil or Lemon Essence. Do not use Turpentine. I have seen some who can and do use turpentine, but these are experts. If you do not know what you are doing you can make a huge mess with turpentine. Be careful not to thin it too much or you will starve the gold and it will look dull or in a lot of cases, it will have a purplish area develop after firing.
When applying gold with the brush be sure you have a good saturation on the brush so as not to leave streaks. As you brush on the gold, have your strokes slightly overlap for good coverage but do not go keep going back over what you have applied. It isn’t necessary to apply the Liquid Bright Gold in a perfectly even coverage since it will flow together in the firing. You just want a nice coverage without very thick or thin spots in it. Also, have a nice soft brush not one with acrylic hair or dried clumps.
Liquid Bright can also be applied with your finger for rims of cups, saucers and plates, sponged (also called stippled) or stamped.
To stamp gold, spread a little gold on your clean tile and allow it to thicken until tacky. To know if the consistency is correct you will feel a pull when applying the stamp. Try not to move the stamp as you work or it will leave a smudge. If you do it must be cleaned off and reapplied. To avoid smudging, after loading your stamp apply with a smooth even pressure then lift straight up off the china.
Sponging is done in the same manner as stamping. Any type sponge will work depending on the texture desired. You can also use steel wool and cotton to get different textures.
CAUTION: Liquid Bright Gold’s suspension mediums are Mercury Oxide and/or Toluene, the same as in all lusters. These are very dangerous and prolonged exposure should be avoided as they can cause problems. You will get a gold high first, then nausea and a headache. If you have respiratory problems, they can be affected. Use Liquid Bright Gold only in a well ventilated area. Also vent very well during firing and DO NOT breathe the fumes.
Alice L Wofford LIQUID BURNISH GOLD
Liquid Burnish Gold is similar to Liquid Bright Gold in that it is a liquid, the amount of gold content isn’t as high as in Roman Golds, it is applied and thinned in the same manner and the warning about the suspension mediums should be observed here too.
However Liquid Burnish Gold must be shaken before and during application to keep the gold particles mixed and burnished after firing. Liquid Burnish Gold is easier to use for pen work, scrolling and making fine lines than Roman Gold.
You can make your own Liquid Burnish Gold by adding 6 - 8 drops of Liquid Bright Gold to a pat of Roman Gold.
ROMAN GOLD - Roman Gold is either fluxed or unfluxed. Fluxed gold is used on the blank china while unfluxed goes on over a painted surface. If your pat or jar does not have unfluxed written on it then it is the fluxed type. Fluxed and unfluxed gold look alike, are applied in the same manner, fired the same, look alike when they come out of the kiln and have to be polished after firing. Do not mix the two types.
Roman Gold is a heavy brownish paste - the darker the colour the more gold content - which fires to a dull yellow brown. After firing all the paste or pat golds must be burnished to bring out their gloss. It comes in pats, paste and powdered form. The powdered form can be obtained in Australia, Europe and Japan but must be imported to the U.S.
Pats are small amounts of hardened paste on a glass square which comes in a plastic case. To use this, add a few drops of solvent to the hardened gold and work it with your palette knife until it has a creamy consistency. You can also warm it a little to soften the pat before adding the solvent although this can cause it to even harder before working with it next time.
Paste gold is a creamy consistency which comes in small jars of 1/8, ¼, ½ and one once troy weight. The paste can be used straight from the jar for small areas but it is recommended to add a solvent and have it thinner for larger areas. The solvents used with Roman Gold are Gold Facilitator, Gold Essence, Luster Essence (these two are interchangeable except that the luster essence dries slower) Lavender Oil, Lemon Oil, Nitrobenzene and Nitroorthotoluene, which is a derivative of the Nitrobenzene. I do not recommend using the last two solvents as they are very dangerous to your health, causing breathing problems and tumors. If you should decide to use either, take all necessary precautions to avoid skin contact and limit the amount of exposure to the fumes. The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for both of these is available online
Roman Gold can be applied with the finger, brush or sponge. When applying get a good smooth coat on to assure that you have complete coverage. Some artists recommend warming your piece slightly before applying Roman Gold to make application easier. It also make for a better bond between the gold and glaze.
Remove the unburnished china from the kiln with a cloth. Avoid touching as much as possible since your fingers will leave oil spots. What your hands are clean? Ah, you forgot about your natural skin oils. And the warmer the china the more oil it will absorb plus this will not disappear...even with another fire. I have a pair of white cotton gloves I wear when removing and burnishing my gold.
Burnish with sand, baking soda, a fiberglass brush or fiberglass cloth. Rub gently in a circular motion until the sheen comes out. Do not rub too hard or you can get scratches or even remove all the gold. Be careful when using fiberglass as it will leave small particles of glass that can get in your skin. Always wash the china after burnishing to remover the excess materials. It is easier to burnish gold when the china is warm.
Alice L Wofford POWDERED GOLD - Powdered gold is loose particles of pure gold. It is mixed with fat oil and then a solvent is added until you have a creamy paste. Once it is in this state it is applied in the usual manner.
Powdered gold can be used added to Roman Gold to increase the content and make a stronger gold. It can also be dusted over tacky Roman Gold for the same reason. After dusting it must be brushed with a mop to remove excess powder. Allow to dry overnight or longer then gently remove any extra loose powder with a piece of cotton and denatured alcohol.
There is also a powdered gold that is imitation gold. When mixed and fired it will turn black. So always be certain which type you purchase. Normally this type is not sold by any of the china suppliers; it is usually found in estate sales or such. Also at craft stores
All gold can be fired immediately after application. However to insure that you don’t have any runs or skips it is advisable to allow the gold to dry first. If you allow your gold to dry before firing be sure it is in a dry and dust and lint free area.
Good results with your gold require more than just the correct temperature. The kiln must be vented to allow sufficient air flow for all the fumes and smoke from the solvents to be burned off. This is usually when all coils are red hot or around 800 F (300 C), although I usually wait until it is 1000 F ( 370 C).
Poor ventilation usually results in cloudy gold.
Another good reason to allow your gold to dry before firing is since many of us have our kilns in our homes and do not have good ventilation, by allowing the gold to dry we get fewer fumes since most of the suspension medium has dried out. There will always be some left in and that is what you smell as gold or lusters fire. I like to burn a vanilla candle starting about 20 minutes before I turn on my kiln to eat up the majority of these fumes. There is still an odor but not as much. I also run my air purifier before, during and after firing, no matter what I fire.
Alice L Wofford PAINTING ON GOLD
You can paint over both Liquid Bright Gold and Roman Gold. To paint over the Liquid Bright Gold, first fire the gold hot, paint your design with a heavier coat of paint than normal and fire at least one cone or at 50 degrees cooler than the gold. If you fire at the same temperature, then the paint will melt into the gold and you will not see the design.
To paint on Roman Gold, you work the same as on the Liquid Bright but the difference is that you put on two coats of the Roman Gold first firing in between. Once you have your design painted and fired then take an Agate burnisher and polish the highlights in the painted areas. You can polish or leave unburnished the gold around the background on the rest of piece.
Alice L Wofford OTHER TIPS FOR GOLD
Always clean and dry your china with denatured alcohol or acetone before applying gold. If you prefer wash your china in dish detergent and warm water. Rinse very well, making certain you get all the soap off and dry completely with a lintless towel.
Keep your workspace as dust free as you can. Dust that gets in gold fires with little white spots. Moisture will also leave white spots so try not to breathe on the gold. And certainly don’t sneeze or cough on it.
Don’t buy cheap Liquid Bright Gold. It is slimy and quite often it will wipe off after firing, no matter how hot it is fired. It also doesn’t cover well.
Never put gold on over wet paint. Gold can be applied near wet paint as long as it doesn’t touch.
Gold can be put on next to any wet luster as long as the wet luster is dry. Again, it is next to but not touching wet luster.
Never put Liquid Bright Gold on raised paste. Use base for raised gold instead. Raised paste is only used with Roman Gold. Remember that base for raised gold and raised paste are two different products.
Never apply Roman Gold to bisque as it turns black. Use Liquid Bright Gold and it will look like Roman Gold on the bisque. If you want a shiny gold on bisque apply a coat of flux or base for gold and fire first.
Gold can be fired hot. It doesn’t start breaking up until a cone .010. Exceptions to this are when applied over the colour green. Some greens will accept gold some will make it crack... make tests.
The reason most people think gold cracks at a lower cone is the base substance. All base substances (raised paste, structure powder, base for gold, etc.) start to float at cone .017. Therefore the gold should only be fired to cone .018 when applied over any of base substances or it sinks into the base.
To keep gold from running, put a wax pencil line around the edge of your design, or pen in the outline of the design with gold first then allow to dry before applying the rest of the gold.
If you have a run, allow the gold to dry then scrape with a razor before firing. Clean the area with denatured alcohol on a Q-tip. Do not have the cotton too wet or allow it to touch the gold.
Clean smudges or finger prints off before you fire. Be sure to check the back of your piece, too.
Gold can be removed in three ways. One is Whink, a form of hydrofluoric acid, red iodine ....NOT the white type or a gold eraser. To remove gold with an eraser, don’t use the eraser alone. Scrape with a razor blade first then go over the area with the eraser. I have also found that rubbing with the red plastic sander will remove the majority of the gold then I can use either the gold eraser or the Whink or iodine to remove the rest. I much prefer to use iodine but once in a while much use the whink.
It is hard to apply gold to black china or any dark colour. Either outline the design with yellow china paint and fire then apply the gold or take white carbon and make the design on the china.
You can use resist, Friskit, auto striping tape, contact paper or masking tape to mark areas you don’t want gold on. Allow the gold to dry completely before removing or you risk smudging.
On a very detailed piece you can get an antique look by patting on Liquid Bright Gold and firing to cone .022. Next take a scrubber and remove highlights then refire to cone .018.
You can get some very pretty effects by putting different coloured lusters over fired Liquid Bright Gold.
To make a thin, very intricate design with Base for Gold and not have to cover it you can take the base and mix it with glycerin then add a little powdered gold to the mix. Once it strings apply the design. It takes very little powdered gold and keeps from making a mess as you apply the gold over the base later.
DEFECTS IN GOLD
Dull or smoky -- poor ventilation, sediment from the bottom was mixed with the gold or the china was not completely clean.
Purplish colour -- applied too thin, contaminated with oil, usually from fingers or the gold had too much solvent added.
Spotted -- lint, dust or moisture particles in or on the wet gold.
Breaking or cracked -- application was too heavy then fired wet, applied over the colour green, fired above cone .010, fired too hot for the base substance.
Wipes off -- poor quality of gold, too much solvent, under fired.
Burnisher turns black -- Roman Gold under fired.
Breaking or fuzzy edges -- applied over oil, grease or moisture.
WaymanandPatty Spangler Thank you Alice L Wofford and Marci Blattenberger for sharing your wealth of information! Such gracious artists!
Lola Miller - I have a 2gram bottle of Hanovia Blushing Gold. Can someone tell me what it fires like and how to use it?
Alice L Wofford - it has a pinkish to reddish cast. The tint depends on when it was formulated. Originally it just had a touch of pink. But later the blush had more of a reddish cast. You might find some green gold by Hanoverian at estate sales. This has a greenish cast just as the name say
Vida Klocke - Alice is an expert on the subject. Thank you for sharing!
Dorothy Graves Can you use the scraps of real gold leaf to fire on pieces? If so do you use fat oil as an adhesive?
Alice L Wofford I have never used it. However I have seen an artist do it and she used the real stuff. She put it on with fat oil before firing
Alice L Wofford I should have mentioned that you can use the imitation gold leaf but only if you glue it on and don’t fire it. If fired you end up with a black mess.
Pam Hutchins Early - I fired real gold leaf on some jewelry pieces. You can use anything with flux in it.
Alice L Wofford - thanks. Hadn’t heard this. But it would make it easier
Marci Blattenberger - as Pam pointed out, the flux is crucial... Flux is the glue that fuses everything to our china. Without it, things would just rub off after firing.
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You sure are Gold expert dear Alice 💖 Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and knowledge!! Loved reading this message 🤗
Fabulous lecture from Alice L Wofford!!! Saved to my files!!!
Outstanding...thanks for sharing
Great information!!! Thanks
Thanks for the information!
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Love the stores there.
Thanks for the shopping tour!👏👏👏
I love Grandbury it is, in my opinion, sort of a mini Fredericksburg.
Looks like a really neat place!
There is a great quilt shop there ... rather there was one years ago.
cool, Thank you for the video. I love it
Looks exciting! I love Granbury especially downtown!
Yes this would be a cool place to have a reception very nice
Granbury...great place for convention in 2021...how exciting
I think it is great. And thanks for your efforts.
Vendors would have to haul their wares up the elevator.l?
I like it
Thank you Donna. Beautiful area! Looks like a great choice.
Thanks Donna, you are the best! Love the Granbury plan. Lynda Degeytef
Awesome, Donna. I love Granbury. You rock!
Can we have a view of the bedroom. Donna
Hello again! Beautiful view and the hotel looks very nice.
I love it! Perfect! You are awesome
Thank you so much
They have a thester too
Looks just fine
Looks nice! Hilton Garden inns are really nice!
This looks great
I’m at MD Anderson watching!!!
The Granbury area
Hi, there! Be safe, take care!
Looks Beautiful Donna
Hello from PAGNT in McKinney!
Good Afternoon!! xoxo
Hola from south Texas
Greetings to everyone,
Hope this post finds everyone safe and well.
I wanted to reach out to everyone and discuss the refunds from the State Convention. I ask that if you are a president or an officer that you forward this to all your members and friends.
Mary Sue has been in quarantine thus we are a bit behind. She has not been able to go get stamps and we had to order more checks.
I apologize, I hope you can understand that with the COVID-19 pandemic I do not want to ask Mary Sue to go to the post office or to leave the house for any reason.
We will certainly get the refund checks mailed as soon as things get back to a little bit of normal.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. My cell phone number is 806-790-6268 or by email at email@example.com
Thank you again for your understanding. I am really looking forward to the 2021 Great Gatsby Convention.
I do want to let everyone know that due to this quarantine, it has caused everything to be pushed behind with next years renewal of membership. So please have patience with this process. Our yearbooks could run a little late as well as getting each club their roosters. I do want to let everyone know that everything will come in electronic form - email. So if your club has elected a new president please send me your clubs name, president name and an email to send all information to. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I think everyone knows that I will be president one more year. I am going to sneak out of my house to go look at a new venue for next years convention, so keep me in your prayers for safe travels and healthy. I think I have found a better venue, queen beds not doubles, food pricing a whole lot better, and much more space to move around. So I will announce on Tuesday, if I pick this venue. So if you watch on Facebook, I will do a tour of the venue and get your opinion. So Tuesday after lunch, watch for me on Facebook.
I do need 1 huge favor, if you painted me a vase, I desperately need a good picture of it. We are trying to feature these in the PAC Magazine for the summer issue. I would so much appreciate the help!
Lots of love to everyone,
Stay in, stay well and be kind to all,
President for another year!
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We all understand and appreciate all you have and are doing for us.,,Thank you.
Hi Donna, I think I did send you a photo of the one I did but I will send it again. Has been an unprecedented year so far!
Quite understand, take your time and be safe😊
Thank you for all you do!!!
Many have asked when I started painting. Well, mom taught me in 1980, I painted 3 pieces. First one broke, of course it was wild Rose's. My 2nd piece is this mouse. 3rd piece never finished and I have no clue where it is.
Can everyone share your beginning piece/pieces and where you are today.
I did not go back and start painting til 2012. I am addicted now!
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3 months ago
I have inherited TONS on natural pigment and thousands of $$ worth or porcelain to be painted. A whole room FULL. I have painted canvases, porcelain too. I would really like to sell this stuff to help the estate. It is the estate of a past Texas state porcelain champion.
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Vicki Dean is keeping me up on the latest jokes. Had to share this one. ... See MoreSee Less
I would love to invite everyone to come LIKE the Concan Porcelain Art Retreat.
However this year, they are canceling due to all that is happening in our world. www.facebook.com/109055780552181/posts/163018238489268/
Please say a prayer for Beverly Tucker, she really puts her heart into Concan. Also, a prayer for Jada Guinn's family, she was a huge part of Concan and will be truly missed. We love you Jada! ... See MoreSee Less
Haven’t been in a few years but went for many, many years. Wonderful memories. Would love to make it again - maybe next year. Hugs to all.
I was looking forward to going this year. I have been going for 21 yrs since I retired. I definitely understand why it is canceled this May but in 2021 it will be bigger & better... so looking forward to next year!!!
So sad about Jada. She really was the spokesperson for Concan. Miss her.
I received this from a dear friend. During this time of hardships we must have a little humor.
I do hope this finds all safe and sheltered. Love you all! ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks for the laugh! I needed that!
4 months ago
Who teaches raised paste and gold techniques. Does Barbara Jensen still teach? ... See MoreSee Less
4 months ago
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I received a wonderful letter from Nancy Bergman. Thank you Nancy, we will see you next year!
Please support our vendors. www.bergmanlusters.com/
Dear Texas Federation,
The closing of the Texas Show is sad to hear, as I was looking forward to seeing and painting with everyone.
Porcelain artists struggle with our future every year and this only makes the efforts seem harder.
There are many people that have given hours of hard work to make this event happen.
I feel bad for you all! We missed out on all of the fun!
Please except my offer to still supply the Texas Federation group with products that you may still need.
I will set up my website to have a code “FWTX” for you to buy products without shipping.
This offer will be from April 17th to April 21st – remember the code “FWTX”. This is from the start date to one week after your show.
I will even include a small gift for those that participate.
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So I had a request for a man design on the aprons, etc. So here you go. I hope you like our Mobster 1920's look. Let me know what your thoughts are! ... See MoreSee Less
Love, love it! ❤️💕❤️You are so clever & creative!👏😘👏😘👏
i love it. Very creative and essiential
Enjoying my apron!
I want one
Great. Melissa H
I want one!
Great and creative slogan.
Asking a big favor? If you painted a vase for this years convention. Can you please photograph the vase and send to me in an email. I would like to use them for this coming years paperwork, publications and more. Thank you
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Hi everyone. Thank you for all the kind words. The support and encouragement.
So I have gift for all of you. I have a favorite artist, who left us way to early. She painted beautiful Rose's and she is also the artist of the landscape at the top of our Facebook. If you haven't guessed, it is my mother.
As I was doing goodie bags I found this study and I want to share it with everyone.
One thing I remember her always saying "Just Have Fun!"
I hope you enjoy and have fun painting.
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Becky was a wonderful painter and a truly sweet person. Thanks for sharing this. Know you miss her but as long as someone remembers her she isn’t really gone
Thank you for sharing this. I remember your mom and my mom laughing and blowing the roof off with their jokes and laughter.
Thank you for sharing and for all the work you do. You rock, girl!
Beautiful roses! Know you're proud! Enjoyed having you visit GTPAC, Donna. Thank you for all your hard work.
Thanks so much for sharing your mother’s beautiful work! Thank you too for all of the hard work you have done💕💕You are one special lady💕
Gorgeous - thank you for sharing such a sweet story - and paintings are wonderful.
Thank you so much. So loved your mom. You are just like her@
Donna. I got one of you mom’s mugs with yellow roses at a Texas teacher’s Christmas exchange. When I moved, I gave it to Karen. I had enjoyed it for years and thought I’d share. Naturally she was thrilled.
I was lucky to have met your mom. She was a sweetheart and an excellent painter...
Donna, I did not know your mother but her roses are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the study. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
She was as lovely as her paintings, and so is her daughter!!! TY for the studies!
I loved your mom. She was a sweet friend we got to know each other very well when I was her Vice President. She kept me informed and were for many years. Your Mom would be so proud of you. Thank you for sharing your Moms work with us all.
Thank you so much for posting this study! Thank you sooooo much for all your hard works! Here’s to 2021, “Painting on the Ritz!” Part 2....👏🍷🍾 👏
Wonderful study. Thanks for sharing. I remember taking a demo with her at convention. She was demoing Dresden. So enjoyed her demo. She as a good teacher and painter. 👏👏👏💕
Thank you so much for posting this. So pretty! 🎨🌺
Thank you so much! Just beautiful!
Love it! Thank you so much!
Thank you! Now get some deserved rest!!
Thank you! Beautiful!
Thank you so much. Melissa
Thank you, Donna!
Thanks! She was a sweetheart!
Glad your mother guided you towards China painting
As much as I hate to do this, I love you all and do not want to put any of you in harm.
I have chosen to cancel the convention for April 13th to 16th, 2020. I know this is really disheartening to many and to many a relief from the stress.
I do apologize for the delay, I had a few issues with the hotel and their cancellation policies. This morning I did get a call from them and they are allowing the cancellation with full refund.
Please remember to cancel your reservation with the hotel, cancel all other reservations that would be in your travel plans.
We will be refunding your reservation from the State Federation of Porcelain Art Clubs of Texas. We are in the process of processing refunds currently.
What I do ask, is to save a few dollars in refunding that if you wrote a check, that you allow us to shred the check. We will notify you as well that we are doing this. This will save postage costs and keep everyone at home in a safe environment. If we have deposited your registration money, we will be sending out a refund. Again, please have patience with our treasurer while she gets refunds sent out. Online registration will be done through paypal and we are in the process of doing that as well. For online payments, please allow 5-7 business days for the refund to post back on your account. This is a banking process that we have no control over.
I do want to Thank everyone who has supported me. You have all written the nicest things and have prayed for me on this matter. I have been asked all year to stay and be president for 2 years. My response has always been, no, it's too much work. Well, Nettie Mc Hone got me to stay as president for the 1st year and now Bertie Stephens and Vicki Dean have convinced me to stay another year as president. I hope you agree with their decision.
Being president for the last year has been such an honor and blessing for me. I have met and mingled with so many new friends and clubs, it truly has been a gift from above. I look forward to serving our wonderful art and the State Federation as president for one more year. We have so much to accomplish and so many goals to achieve, I will need the help and support of everyone!
As for the 2021 convention, I am planning to keep the Gatsby “Painting on the Ritz” theme. I am discussing more ideas and more functions to make the next convention even more grand than originally planned. Since we are missing a year I want to make sure the next one is truly amazing!
One of my goals for the next year is to work with our 2020 scheduled guest artists, demo artists, and vendors in an effort to offer some educational seminars, demonstrations, and vendor specials available to all on-line. I will travel and do all I can to help make certain we get the videos and information needed for this process. I know that we will have an amazing 2020/2021 and I look forward to tackling it with your help.
I would like to tour the state again and visit all the clubs including those that I could not get to this past year. In doing so, I would like to ask if the clubs in specific areas of the state would be willing to adjust their meeting dates for the time I am visiting in the area. This past year was a ton of fun however because of the dates and days that the clubs met I was forced to drive from Houston to Midland to Dallas and back to Houston for instance. I would like to focus on one regional area at a time to help save the expense of fuel and wear and tear on my vehicle. I would also like to ask that if anyone is willing or able to provide a room for me while visiting the area it would be greatly appreciated. I promise, I am not a night owl, I am quiet, and I don’t eat much. I will work with the clubs in each area to help coordinate the meetings and possibility of housing.
If you painted a vase or any item specific to the convention theme, PLEASE hold on to the items for the next convention. We still want to utilize everything and see your wonderful piece.
Again, I am very sorry for the news. Please know I have agonized over this for several weeks and although it, in my opinion, is the right choice, it is a very difficult decision to make.
Please stay safe and pray for our world!
Lots of Love and Hugs to all,
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I am so sorry you and we are in this situation - you and your helpers have worked incredibly hard to bring a great convention! I am thankful you will stay on and give the same convention next year as there was no way on God's earth that you could have prevailed against the circumstances this year. What a disappointment for you! God bless you.
Donna has worked so very hard this year attending as many different clubs as she could across the state to promote our federation and art. Thank you to Tony for all his support of you. Thank you for agreeing to stay on as President another year, you are such an asset to the federation and our art form. Know that I will support and help you in anything you need. Love you friend.
I know this had be a tough decision. I feel you did the right thing. I think it is the perfect idea to do it next year theme and all. Everyone can look forward to all you have planned. Absolutely you should do it!!!!!! Take care of yourself and your family. Love you
Hopefully I can attend next year. This is a sad situation but by you staying on as President you have a lot of work already done. I know it will be fantastic next year. God bless you and stay safe.
So ooo sorry but know you’ve made the right decision. We’ll just have to keep praying that God will prevail and the world will soon be more normal. Glad we’ll repeat our plans next year.
Hugging you back Donna, you are a remarkable lady. Bless you, I know that hat was a hard decision to make, but I’m sure that it is the right one. Thank you for everything you have done and thank you for taking on the presidents job again next year!
Donna...you have been an awesome president. I know you have worked so hard on making this convention amazing. You had me tearing up when you announced the cancellation on Facebook. I could see your heart breaking to have to do it. I'm happy that you would except being president for another year. Thank you for caring about us.
Donna, you are such a trooper and have worked so hard this year. Thank you for accepting the presidency for the coming year. I know this was a hard decision, but at a lot of our ages, I think you are right. Thanks for revitalizing this group of great folks!! Your mom would be so proud of you. Your Aunt Karen (Suzie) is a friend, I’ll sing your praises to her. See you later
You have done the right thing. Thank you for all your hard work!!! We'll just do it next year!
I’m so sorry Donna. You have done an amazing job bringing the convention to fruition. 2021 will be amazing ❤️❤️❤️
Thank you Donna for your dedication to our State Federation. Because we had to skip this year I believe everyone will be even more excited to attend next year. I’m so glad you accepted the leadership roll for 2021. We all appreciate you. Yes, please visit all the clubs again if possible. Great fun to have you.
Donna thank you for your leadership and all the hard work and difficult decisions you have had to wrestle with. So glad you are staying on to plan an even bigger party next year! Take care. We will get through all this!
So sad to hear we've had to cancel, but so happy to hear you are staying on another year. Can't wait for you to visit again!
Thank you for all your hard work! You made the right decision. We have too many precious painters to put them at risk.😍
Donna, I know that was a hard decision but I feel it definitely was the right decision. It's disappointing but we have had to make many tough decisions recently not only for ourselves but for the good of others. I'm glad you are planning on another year as President and l will continue to look forward to next year's convention.
You've done such an incredible job with everything. Thanks for posting. Hope to be able to attend next year!
I am so glad I ordered my apron! It is a “happy” remembrance of the 2020 Convention committee members’ “attention to details”. Sad for the cancellation .... A big thx to all for the hard prep work!
While it's disappointing, it's a good decision. Too much stress to worry about somebody getting sick . Next year will be even better. Thank you for all your hard work on this.
Im sad that you are having to cancel...but know its whats best for everyone. Akso this year is abd wiukd not have worked for me. However i can plan for next years convention.yay!♡♡♡♡thankyou for all you do for this art!Hugs ♡
I have a bedroom for you!!! And food!!! I'm in San Marcos River Valley.
We are sad of course but feel you made the right decision. We stand with you all the way. We are very happy that you will serve as our State President another year. You worked so hard to make this convention great, so all of us will just have to help you make the 2021 convention greater.. Girlfriend, you started this wild and crazy ride, it’s only fitting that you finish it off.. Will be here to help any way we can...
Best decision yet!!! Thanks for bring such a strong, inspiring leader. Shred my check. I'd rather have it donated to the Federation than returned. Go 2021!!!
Donna, you have so much more than our convention on your plate!! Thanks for everything and good luck to you and your husbands business!!
I agree completely. You’ve made a very hard decision. I know you have spent hours upon hours on this convention. Thank you so much for all you’ve done.
Sad reading this but know it’s for the best. Better safe than sorry.
Sorry I will miss seeing everyone! Was soo looking forward to the “ritz” but next year.... yes, next year!
Thank you Donna Rasco Castle for your willingness to stay on as President another year. You are a fantastic president and leader. We all love you.
Donna, Great job. Its the right thing to do at this time. Thank you for all of your hard work, effort and money you have spent on us this year. I would love to be of service to you over the next year in anyway I can. I think you are the greatest!
Thank you Donna for all your HARD WORK!!
Wise decision & so thrilled that you are staying on as President! The convention next year will be better & bigger than this year! Can’t wait to see all my porcelain art friends next year! “Let put on the Ritz ... painting-wise!”2021
So sorry about the convention, but think it is for the best. So excited that you agreed to be President for another year. YOU ARE SUPER!!!!🤩🤩🤩🤩
I'm so glad to hear this. I think this is the best decision. So happy to know you will remain president and the theme will continue. Lots of love to you...
Disappointing but the right decision for sure!
Thanks for all your hard work and wellness to continue to serve!
Thank you for agreeing to next year!
You are great! Next year will be better and better!
You rock, you've done an awesome just...this just gives us more time to prepare. Thanks for everything you've done.
Thanks Donna, for your hard work. I think you have made the right decision.
We love you! We want you!!! We need you!!! Looking forward to another visit!
We love you, and are pleased to have you as our president for next year! Wow hoo!
I always love sharing pieces that I feel like goes with our convention theme. This beautiful portrait is just stunning! Love it.
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Oooooooh! Love it!
4 months ago
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I received an email with the concern of the covid 19, convention and our age. As of right now I have not called a board meeting to determine what we should do, however I am communicating with other board members. I would like to wait closer to April 1st before we make a decision on our convention.
I am also contacting the hotel about reservations as well as our contract on the convention. I will keep you updated on all details.
I do want to let everyone know, I am reading news, keeping up with the travels in Ft Worth, and trying to be alert of details that surrounds this virus. I will do my very best to do what is in everyone's best interest.
Thank you for patience during this time.
Lots of love to all of you.
Donna Rasco Castle
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Let’s all pray for Donna as she makes this call. Donna, you have done such a great job, your energy and dedication have revitalized this group. Thank you!💖🙏
Oh Donna, I feel for you so very much having this issue show up on your watch. What a decision to have to struggle with. Know that whatever decision you make IT WILL BE THE RIGHT ONE!!! You have all of our support and I can speak for all of us when I say...even if there is no convention this year you have injected so much enthusiasm and renewed spirit into this group of painters and we are forever grateful to you for that! Your energy and passion is legendary...that will be your presidential legacy. Thank you. Lynda Degeyter, Exhibit Chairman
Tough spot for a dedicated woman! You’ve worked so hard to make a good convention and so have many others! I personally am waiting to see what happens. I’ll be delighted if it’s a go, but will fully understand and support you with whatever the decision.❤️🙏🏻🥰
You have been such a GREAT President!! We all appreciate all of the hard work and hours of planning you have done. I will hate for you not to get your convention if it comes to that, but also don't want to put anyone in jeopardy of getting this virus. I know you will do want is best when the time comes. Thank you for all you have done.
So sorry that all of this is going on. Thank you for the information. Praying that all of this is over soon🙏🙏🙏
Donna you have my complete support. You have done so much work. You have energized us inspired us. This is a hard call. We are all supportive of you.
You are in my thoughts today. I know you will make the right decision and feel for you after all the hard work you and others have put into this convention
I appreciate you Donna for all your hard work and dedication. If the convention is canceled, I feel (and hope other painters do as well) that Donna should remain president to exhibit her talent and hard work for the convention next year. These are definitely unusual circumstances and it would be a shame if she could not demonstrate her abilities. Also, attendance will probably be down if the convention goes as planned due to some being fearful. Just my thoughts.
I'm living with a son with a immune system very low. So I will not be going this year. Thank you for the info.
I was wondering about the convention. We will be praying for the best decision to be made
Donna, the City of Ft. Worth or the greater metroplex authorities might make the call for you. They are cancelling a lot of things now. Don't know about a month down the road. You do have our thanks and support. Love the LIVE videos you've been making from the clubs around Texas and featured artists. Appreciate your enthusiam and all the efforts you've made for this event.
This has been heavy on my mind also. Thanks for the update. If we can’t have it this year we definitely need to have it next year!!
Thank you for this update. Stay safe!
Let’s all pray we don’t have to cancel.
4 months ago
Dear Texas Friends,
So sad for not being able to join your great event next month, as Europeans cannot enter to the USA during 30 days because of the virus. My flight was arriving on the 8th, I cannot make it and can only say I am extremely sad and miss you all already 😢
Thank you so much to such a wonderful team who organized this event, I was ready to go with such joy to see you all again 💖
As a gift, here is the free workshop I prepared for you to share tips on painting fine lines with penwork. My heart will be with you while I will stay quiet in Paris. Much success and have fun « Painting on the Ritz » 😘 ... See MoreSee Less
So sorry you will not be able to be with us.
Sorry you can’t make it. Thank you for sharing
Oh no, I was wanting to have a long awaited visit. So sorry about the virus and everyone affected by it in any way.
I just hate this. I was so looking forward to meeting you. Your kind words you sent me, mean the world to me.Thank You. Stay well and I hope I get to meet you soon. Lots of love to you.
I am so sad that you will not be here but very well understand. We will see you next year I hope. The convention will be in the same place as this years.
Beatrice, dear sweet friend! This too shall pass & in the meantime we want all our family, friends & love ones to be safe, secure, & healthy! We will see each other again soon! Love from your Texas friends... ❤️❤️❤️❤️
I’m sorry that travel is now so limited & that you cannot come to the USA! Our thoughts & prayers will be with you, your family, & country for good health & better days ahead! Love you! 🥰🙏🙏🙏
4 months ago
I was wondering how many of you use the shampoo, lotion, etc. that the hotels put in your rooms. I always bring my own toiletries, but a few years ago I started saving those from the hotels and when I get a bag full, I donate them to Door of Hope, homeless shelters, etc....I’m collecting them now to give to a lady at my church who takes them to a homeless shelter in Nigeria...If you don’t use them or have someplace to donate them , I would gladly take them off your hands.... ... See MoreSee Less
This vendor, I had the privilege of meeting in May last year. She has an incredible amount of patience. She has more detail in every stroke of paint she puts on porcelain. Portraits just talk to you in person! AMAZING.
Her next talent is watching her play the guitar. She is so talented. Go by and visit with Marci Blattenberger. Look at all the details she puts on everything. She will also be doing fireworks and crystal magic. If you have a question about china painting go see her. She has an incredible amount of knowledge and she will always answer those questions.
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Marcia Blattenberger is a chemist at heart! She knows everything and if she doesn't know she'll find out. Ask her any question and you will be happily surprised!
Marci is one of the most knowledgeable people in this art. So creative. And can that gal sing!
Thanks guys. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the convention .
My fortune cookie says: you will place your trust in others and be rewarded.
So very true. I have the best board, best committee chairmans and the greatest members of Texas PAC.
I have been so rewarded by everyone. I am so excited to see everyone again and meet so many more. Love you all.
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Vendors are so important for the convention. All of our vendors bring such wonderful china, lusters, paints and more. Please remember to support them all.
China Resalers will be attending our convention in April 2020. I am so excited to see the new things they will have. Please visit their website. They also have a Facebook but I cannot link to it.
Go to registration on the states website, so you can come visit all of our vendors.
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4 months ago
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Gorgeous! I love it!
I love your plate. Just beautiful
That's beautiful, Gayle!
Thank you for sharing! Beautiful!
that is great
Lovely! Soft & delicate!
Thank you for sharing. I love it. I am also, excited to share your vase, but not yet!
Love this plate.
Thanks for showing this. Love your eggs and the designs.
Thanks for this great video!!!
Like the variety of wood tools.
Wow!! Love the eggs.