Creston:Arts presents the work of the Creston Area Porcelain Painters 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Creston:Arts Gallery, 116 W. Adams St.
The creative collective of artists, which started in 1998, includes Judy Gile, Joyce Anderson, Sheryl Bolton, Jill Jackson, Glida Jones, Polly McCoy, Ann Moore, Beverly Moss, Deloris Plymesser, Carolyn Stamper, Judith Wachter, Mary Reitsmier and Margie Patch — some of which travel to Creston from towns as far as Winterset, Lenox and Greenfield.
Judy Gile of Creston said each artist has her own technique, subjects and themes, despite working with the same medium.
“That’s the beauty of the club,” said Gile.
While motifs such as flowers and fruit were popular in the Victorian era, modern day porcelain painters have taken the craft to a new level.
Gile, who paints human and animal portraits, said the artists paint on a variety of unsuspecting objects such as tiles, mugs, vases and China or porcelain eggs.
“We try to get people to think beyond the box,” said Gile. “Art shouldn’t be in boundaries.”
Giles said porcelain painting is not for anyone looking for instant gratification because of the length it takes to complete one piece.
Most porcelain or China paints are a dry powder and must be mixed with some type of oil. Gile said, even though there are supplies available from art stores and online, she has used everything from mineral oil to transmission fluid in some of her porcelain pieces.
Porcelain paint is typically applied as an over glaze to an already glazed porcelain or China piece and fired in a kiln. After the first firing, more paint is applied and the piece is fired again. This process of painting and firing continues until the artist feels the painting is complete.
Crest Area Porcelain Painters welcomes anyone wishing to learn the art of porcelain painting to join them.
The group meets 10 a.m. the first Friday of the month at Prairie View Assisted Living, 1709 W. Prairie St.
Meet and greet the artists 6 p.m. Friday at the gallery over refreshments and art.