The Creative Process of Vitrene


Thanks for discovering our art and this website. If you visited us at one of the many fine art exhibits throughout the year, here is more information about our art and how to order.

Our unique art is centered around glaze painting.   Christine does the painting on the clay works that Bruce creates using minerals in solution form.

“For most of my adult life as a ceramic artist, I have been painting on clay surfaces that Bruce creates. Working with glazes is a particularly challenging form of brushwork.  Since we fire at 2000 degrees or cone 2 and mix our own formulas we have been able to create unusual original surface works.  Painting in this format begs an explanation as to the challenges of laying color.

We use a kind of glazing called layered glazing.  Our first coat of glaze creates the canvas upon which I paint.  The surface is dry, powdered and creates drag immediately as I lay the next glaze color on top.

I have worked for many, many years perfecting my brushstroke to get a flow, a coherent line, and a pleasing symbol of nature, or a representational image.  I usually plan a drawing and often draw on the first layer where my scene will go with a colored pencil.  This will burn off in the firing.

Often my brushwork adjusts the painting as it gets underway. I never know exactly what my colors will do although I do extensive testing with different glaze formulas.  The melting of the colors in the kiln is one of the most exciting aspects of each piece.  I wait with anticipation while the kiln cools each time to see how the piece turned out.

I have learned a lot about the limitations of this art form as well as its possibilities. One of it challenges is the fluidity of the glaze as I paint.  Each unwanted droplet must be scrapped off being careful not to remove the first layer of glaze.  So being free and loose must be balanced with carefulness.  An interesting lesson in itself.

My time spent painting is meditative and highly enjoyable.  Time slips away as the hours engaged in laying my brush across the surface expire, one after the other.  The finished piece gives me great pleasure to see the union and collaborative effect of the work of Bruce, myself and the kiln gods!”

As a master potter Bruce has an exceptional interest in clay and glaze formulations. Trained as a chemist early in his life he continues exploring the way color transitions to substrates through the new glass work.

Preparing the glass is the first step of the Vitrene process. Once the glaze painting is completed then the piece is digitally deconstructed, reconfigured, and then repainted and printed on the glass. Using glass as a new substrate to showcase colorful paintings that both Christine and Bruce are collaborating on has opened up an exciting new experience for two veteran artists.

We continue to encourage and support each other in art professionally as well as we have in all areas of our married life.  We truly have a unique relationship to have enjoyed the freedom together to create our unique art forms.


4 thoughts on “The Creative Process of Vitrene

  1. Christine – So nice to see you painting flowers again. Love the Vitrene you and Bruce have created and love love love the poppies. Beautiful work.

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