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Artisan Demonstration – Carolyn Barlock
Carolyn Barlock has a lifelong interest in art history and antiques. In 1969 she started painting on porcelain, then turned to studying the secrets of enameled art dating from China’s Ming Dynasty. By the early 1980s she was exhibiting her work in internationally renowned galleries and shows. Since then she has continued honing her porcelain techniques, culminating in the use of 24-karat Florentine gold and ancient Persian lusters dating from ninth-century Baghdad. Barlock says porcelain’s lasting quality — some pieces are thousands of years old — has captivated her as an artist. Being able to master these techniques has helped her understand porcelain’s enduring history, which is all the more profound given how readily breakage and invisible stress fractures (which can cause cracking during the repeated firings, sometimes as many as sixty) can occur. The artist is proud to have created a completely new method for applying Persian lusters. By combining it with her unique 22-karat gold Florentine finish on the delicately chiseled surface of fine porcelain, she feels she’s communicating a message that speaks to a resplendent past, an innovative present, and a lasting future.