Août 2021 - Masterclass "Contemporary China painting" with Merel CREMERS


Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of August
From 10 am until 5 pm

This Masterclass will be given in English and Dutch

EN (Dutch Below) The classic technique of china painting (or porcelain painting) is know for it’s flower and plant motifs. Their form changed over the years under the unfluence of trends and new techniques, but we continue to recognize the organic forms and contemporary artists also fall back on them. 
Many people nowadays experience the richly decorated porcelain tableware of the past as old fashioned. The 2nd hand shops are full of it so we are going to do something with that.
Merel Cremers (1989) is fascinated by animals. Inspired by the diverse roles they have been assigned in society she draws and sculpts narrative, estranging figurines that tend to pop up in our surroundings interrupting presumed domesticity. Embedded in Merel’s work there’s often an experimental research of materials going on that is inherent to the ceramic process. Findings are translated into sculptures but more often into functional ceramics such as tableware.
What can you expect?

During this masterclass we explore different application methods to apply drawings / images / motifs on glazed ceramics, which are then fired into the glaze layer and become permanent. You learn how to make the paint and get to know different materials and techniques to work with it. It’s possible to work on any glazed surface though porcelain or ceramic that is glazed white provide the best canvas.

We’ll work on readymade porcelain from the 2nd hand shop or if you have any of your own (can also be home-made) you’re welcome to bring it. This class is also very suitable for painters / illustrators as you don’t need any ceramic skills just yet.

NL :  Masterclass Hedendaags porselein schilderen.

De klassieke techniek van porseleinschilderen (of schilderen met opglazuur) is bekend om zijn bloem- en plantmotieven. De vormgeving veranderde in de loop der jaren onder invloed van trends en nieuwe technieken, maar we blijven de organische motieven herkennen en ook hedendaagse kunstenaars grijpen er op terug.
Veel mensen ervaren het rijkelijk gedecoreerde porseleinen serviesgoed van vroeger tegenwoordig als ouderwets. De kringlopen liggen er vol mee dus daar gaan we iets mee doen.

Wat kan je verwachten?

Tijdens deze masterclass verkennen we verschillende applicatiemethoden om tekeningen / afbeeldingen / motieven op geglazuurd keramiek aan te brengen, die vervolgens in de glazuurlaag worden gebakken en permanent worden. Je leert hoe je de verf maakt en verkent verschillende materialen en technieken om ermee te werken. Het is mogelijk om op elk geglazuurd oppervlak te werken, maar porselein of keramiek dat wit geglazuurd is, biedt het beste canvas.
We werken op kant-en-klaar porselein uit de kringloop of als je zelf porselein hebt (mag zelfgemaakt zijn) kan je het meebrengen. Deze cursus is ook zeer geschikt voor schilders / illustratoren omdat je nog geen keramische vaardigheden nodig hebt.


  • When ? Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of August 2021
    From 10 am until 5 pm
  • Where? Atelier des Tropiques – Quai au Foin 51 – 1000 Bruxelles
  • Price: 185€ (material included)
  • Prerequisite : for all levels
  • Supplies to bring: 
    * glazed porcelain/stoneware pieces as a support to paint (white glaze is preferable)
    * apron 
    * lunch (there are shops nearby the atelier if needed)
  • You’ll be able to pick up your work once it has been fired at Atelier des Tropiques (from mid September).
COVID -19 :
  • To protect against the spread of the covid-19 virus, we ask each participant to wear a mask and bring a hand towel.
  • L’Atelier des Tropiques makes every effort to offer you a pleasant working environment while respecting social distancing measures. We closely follow the rules imposed on companies by the government.


  • The course can take place if a minimum of 5 people is registered. We will give you a full refund if we have to cancel the course.
  • The price of the course is calculated as accurately as possible, so we cannot afford to cancel: we need a sufficient number of participants to cover our costs and registration is a commitment. However, we provide for the following clauses: -> if withdrawal up to 30 days before: full refund of € 185 -> if withdrawal up to 15 days before: refund of € 92.5. After this time, for whatever reason, there is no refund. You can have someone replace you and make arrangements with them. 
  • In the event of a cancellation of the training by the organizer (covid-19), the training will be rescheduled and the organizer undertakes to propose new priority dates to the registered persons. It will also be possible to choose another training as a replacement, with a credit note in the event that the training costs less or to supplement the price of this training in the event that the price is lower than the price of the training initially reserved. . Thank you for your understanding.