Cold Porcelain - The Folk Art Tradition

by Sangeeta Shah skshah@rogers.com
(Canada)

Beautiful Floral Creations by Cold Porcelain Expert Sangeeta Shah

Beautiful Floral Creations by Cold Porcelain Expert Sangeeta Shah

Go direct to Sangeeta's cold porcelain recipe page


Go direct to Sangeeta's cold porcelain secrets DVD

I have been working with cold porcelain (cp) for 12 years now. I have a lot of experience with it as I teach it and make custom florals for wedding and parties and cakes. I not only make florals but make models too.

I give all credit to my husband for encouraging me and letting me grow to what I am now with my cold porcelain flowers. He is my motivator.

In India, cold porcelain was used to decorate earthen pots and then was colored with oil paints. With research online we find that it was a traditional folk art in other countries too.

I had done cold porcelain and bread flowers as a child with my parents. I had forgotten all about until I was re-discovered it in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). A local Arab lady was teaching it through her store. This is when I learned her techniques of coloring the cold porcelain flowers (dipped in a water mixture with fabric dyes).

Then I indulged myself in the art of sugar crafting with a New Zealand lady making sugar flowers. I then incorporated my sugarcraft techniques with my old cp techniques in order to improve my flowers.

I bought real flowers which were available in Dubai and examined them thoroughly and would try my best to replicate them to the nearest. I would look and read through the plant encyclopedia to know the very details of the plant, flower or leaf which I could not find in the floral store. I exhibited my work at many groups in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and was interviewed by the main local newspaper media people (Itihad news papers) in 2000.

Thank you, Peter, for giving me the opportunity to tell everyone about my work. I will give some explanation of recipes in a separate article - see 'Cold Porcelain Recipe' or alternatively Go direct to my cold porcelain secrets DVD.

Best regards

Sangeeta

(editor's note. Compare this freely available recipe with professional artist Nicole's :- 'commercial' recipe here. Please be sure to leave your comments on the site to help everyone out).

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Air Drying Clays - Folk Art
by: Peter - Admin

Thank you so much for sharing memories of your culture and your childhood. To me this material of Cold Porcelain represents a wonderful folk art - with recipes and tips being passed down from one person to another and sometimes from one culture to another.

Peter - Admin

Beautiful Cold Porcelain Art
So glad you are here Sangeeta!!!

by: Mary Rice

Hi Sangeeta. Your art is so very beautiful and exact. I really wish I could go to Canada so you could teach me in person. I admire your work very much. It's also interesting to read about your beginnings with cold porcelain and how thorough your techniques are. Do you think we can get Peter to try cold porcelain?

I am so glad to see you are posting your beautiful flowers for the world to see!

Mary

Wow!
by: Annette Jimison

Sangeeta, I just love what you do. And, I have always wanted to take classes with you. Did I see a video or a DVD that you have done? I am buying!!!

Annette

shrinkage on cold porcelain recipe
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I've finally tried the cold porcelain recipe and it is a great medium. However I did encounter a couple of problems.

In joining calyx to flowers I notice that after drying the shrinkage created small spaces in between. How do I avoid this problem.

I also notice that it is harder to soften edges with regular gum paste tools. Is there a trick that I am missing or do I need to use other tools for this medium.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

Trish
Mississauga, Ontario, Cda

Cold Porcelain joint & tools
by: Anonymous

Hi Trish,
In joining calyx to flowers you have to apply glue to stick them together. If there is not enough glue then the two parts will not stick well and will separate as they shrink.

I also notice that it is harder to soften edges with regular gum paste tools. You just have to get sed to the gum paste tools. I use them all the times. no special tools are needed. Having said that look around your house and find anything which will help you and that turns around to be the right tool. I also look for sculpting tools which are very handy in detailing work. The gum paste tools and cold porcelain tools are the same.

Hope this finds you helpful. Happy claying!

Sangeeta from Waterloo, Canada

My DVD is the fastest way to learn all my methods

My cold porcelain recipe page

help me please
by: noura

hi,
I'm interesting by cold porcelain, and I want to know where can I buy the material.

well done for your cold porcelain success
by: jaaz

Hi, i am thrilled to find your site/page. long time back while in bombay, we were in the same bonsai group, and you gave a demo of ceramic flowers, iwas bowled over!
by luck i also went to dubai and learnt a little, but had to back.
i am happy that ,an enthusiast has done so well, i wish i could get out of family hindrances and follow my dream to make ceramic flowers.

Laern to make Cold porcelain flowers
by: Anonymous

Hi sangeeta ,
I really appreciate your work and talent, I too want to learn to make cp flowers do you know anyone who can teach me in Michigan livonia city.
Or are planning to do any classes in Michigan
Thanks

improovment
by: Anonymous

hi i have been experimenting with CP and i have added a clear gellatin to the recipe what a diffrence it makes

Differences in recipes
by: Melissa

Hello!
I have noticed a couple of differences in the recipe here and on your youtube video. Will the past turn out the same? Which recipe do I follow for the best results?

cracks problem
by: yulene

hi, i have been making lots of cold porcelain but it always fail during the drying process. i have really beautiful smooth consistency on my cold porcelain but when it started to dry 4 hours later, the whole thing turn into cracks. pls help, i don want to waste anymore pva glue because it is quite expensive in my country....

Storing.... CP.........
by: Beverley

Hi, I have at last made my first succesful batch of cp. I have been trying things out, with adding colour etc..... I was just wondering, how do I store my creations afterwards....


Regards Bev

drying problem
by: karen clark

I am new in working with cold porcelain. After my figures are finished and start drying they crack real bad. I have saved the piece by filling it in with more clay until it stops cracking,but what am I doing wrong that it cracks in the first place? I would really appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks so much! Karen

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