A Touch of Colour to Cold Porcelain Sculptures

I had posted in my blog about meeting my idol Meire Bari . So she was amazingly generous to give me a sculpting lesson and share a few tips.

I also had the privilege  to examine all her beautiful Cold Porcelain creations first - hand !! they were breath taking and while her photography skills are great.. her creations actually do not need any enhancements.. they are spectacular by themselves !!

The thing is that the colours she uses make them look so 3-dimensional.. I wanted to learn more about that too..but unfortunately we did not have much time... but she did use coloured clay to show me the sculpting lesson..they were just freshly sculpted when they travelled the same day, back to India with me...

It was not easy carrying them even when they were packed so well for travel.. I had an energetic 8 year  old to hold on to.., and another bag !!

The pic on the left is how they look after they are dry.. I had to repair two ears that had nearly come off... and the one on the right, which is the sculpture I made, had a light hollow  at the base of the head.. and the head was tilted... so I left it at that angle . still I do not think that it detracts any from the cuteness quotient !!

The big pumpkin is a bit dented too..but that could be because of my inexpert modelling ..instead of what happened during transportation...!! Meire's pumpkin just looks so perfect..Thank God !!

Once the sculptures were dry., I decided to paint mine ... I did not want to change anything on Meire's sculpture...

 SO here is the little guy all ready to be painted...

I only did the very basic tint on the face . just a bit of blush effect and darker highlights..

gave a touch of white to make the underlying colors pop .

I decided to give two effects for the two pumpkins.  Just wanted to see how it would look and which one I preferred...

The small pumpkin was kept more realistic in tints and basic tone..but since the bigger pumpkin was already with a patch work and a tiny heart on it I just made the most of highlighting the segments and then giving the sections a huge shade of yellow..

Cold Porcelain sculpting by Swapna Dinesh
Cold Porcelain Sculpting by Swapna DInesh

I also put in a tinge of green ... I think it is Okay for a first try.. please let me know what you think.


  1. Very cute!!!! Sorry you had trouble transporting them w/o damage though. If you ever find yourself in that situation again, it might be worth shipping it back to your home. Although I guess you'd have to trust that the post wouldn't also damage it!

    1. The sculpture was not dry....that is why I opted for carrying it myself ...

  2. Beautiful figure, and further enhances painting! Regards!


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