Encaustic Painting and Clay: a Fusion, 16th October / 13th November 2022, Wicklow


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You are invited to join experienced tutors Isabelle Gaborit & Tina Murphy for a two-day workshop where artists will be introduced to the creation of sculptural encaustic artworks, merging two ancient artforms, clay artworks and encaustic painting.

The first class will be focused on clay where you will learn how to work with clay and ceramic ;The second class will focus entirely on enhancing your ceramics with encaustic wax when you will learn basic techniques of applying and adhering the wax to the clay surface

Whether you are a complete beginner, have worked with clay or encaustic painting for years or are more  advanced, there is a place for you on this very unique, inspiring and exploratory course.



Description of the two fold workshop:

  • Day 1 ( Sunday 16th October: 10 to 4 pm ) :Experienced tutor and ceramic artist Tina Murphy will join Isabelle to take you on a journey taking two seemingly opposite ideas and merging them ; and of course what a better way to start than with clay,  a great medium to ignite your creativity.During the first workshop, Tina will share her skills and expertise gained over many years of working with clay and teaching others. You will have the opportunity to take that idea from your head and move it to a more tangible space where you can add your very own touch. Tina will guide you to build your three dimension sculpture, by breaking it down step by step looking at the challenges an artist faces when working with clay.You will explore its durability and how to manipulate it: How easy it bends; how to create wonderful texture, how to use moulds. You will  get the opportunity to build your very own sculpture and using encaustic to a piece that you are going to love and treasure.You will only uses the best stoneware clay: on this course you will be using sculptural clay as this helps the clay to keep its form more easily.Everything will be fired in a kiln during the off weeks and be ready to wax in our second workshop.


  • Day 2 ( Sunday 13th November: 10 to 4 pm) During the day long workshop, Encaustic artist, Isabelle Gaborit will guide the participants to create a richly layered, gorgeous artworks on the bisqueware they would have  created on session#1 with artist Tina Murphy  .


She will introduce you to the basic techniques of encaustic painting, sharing its spontaneous virtues of working with texture and colours and its versatility with building up layers. You will have the opportunity to learn easy and effective techniques in a fun and relax atmosphere Using an experimental approach to explore technique and manipulate the paint

She will help you take the encaustic painting medium to another level, where you will be exploring the sculptural and light carrying quality of the medium in a 3D form and create  beautiful artworks and embellish it using a wide range of techniques.

Encaustic is an ancient medium used in Ancient Egypt to create paintings and sculptures, involving pure natural beeswax melted with Dammar resin, to which natural pigments may be added. This process will harden and add transparency, vibrancy, and lustre to the artwork.



Each artwork made by the participants will be one of a kind piece, made with clay and pure beeswax, Dammar resin and natural pigments.

This particular workshop is designed for everyone: absolute beginners and developing artists alike.


Date:Sunday 16th October/ Sunday 13th November 2022

Time: 10-4pm

Location:Crafty Craic, Knockanarrigan, Donard, Co. Wicklow

Cost: €250, including all materials. Also a pdf printout containing all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers.

To secure your space,  you may choose to pay a deposit of €100  to pay via PayPal or bank transfer. If you would like to use this option , please message me here.

Class limited to 10 participants.

Important note: Due to the high demand for  my workshops this year, all places on all workshops are limited and sold on a first-booked, first-served basis, which means that you will need to secure your space  as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


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You can  email Isabelle here

Once you register I will provide you with information on travel as well as directions to my studio and how to prepare for your workshop session.

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