Engineering a
Porcelain Body

Intense 5-day workshop about sourcing local materials and creation of sustainable porcelain body with Antoinette Badenhorst
June 3rd – June 7th 2020, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Engineering a porcelain body

There are dozens different porcelain body producers in the world. Origins of porcelain date back two thousand years to China, where original recipe was made from only two ingredients: kaolin and feldspar. Chinese people kept their recipe for long time, until, after many failures, Europeans discovered their recipe too. It was of course different, partially due to materials used were sourced from different locations.

Today many potters also make their own porcelain bodies, mainly because they can adjust its properties to their own specific needs. Either they want it stable for the wheel, stronger to hold bigger shapes, or to respond to atmospheric conditions in a wood fired kiln, they prepare their porcelain from commercial materials available in ceramic supply shops.

Everybody’s porcelain is therefore special.

Diversity comes from Earth. You need natural minerals ground to powder, mixed with water, age it and fired to high temperatures to produce porcelain ware. And because of its natural occurrence nature made sure that every location on this planet gives unique properties of each minerals.

We aim for sources that are close to us. This is a contribution to raise awareness of economies that are harmful to environment and to people. We will try to open our minds to possibilities of alternative approaches of sourcing materials and celebrate the abundance our planet offers.

Workshop content

Synopsis: Introduction to history and character of porcelain introduction to local materials suitable for porcelain creation and substitute materials

Theoretical knowledge and in-depth analyses of natural materials appropriate for porcelain mixtures

Preparing recipes for test samples

Preparing materials and porcelain mixtures


Testing glazes in electric kiln

Round Table: Discussion of tested samples

Target Audience

Beginners, intermediate and advanced ceramists.


English with translation to Slovenian.


June 3rd – Wednesday: 9AM - 5PM

June 4th – Thursday: 9AM - 5PM

June 5th – Friday: 9AM - 5PM

June 6th – Saturday: 9AM - 5PM

June 7th – Sunday: 9AM - 5PM



50% at registration and the rest by June 3rd.
No refunds possible.

Place & Date

June 3rd – June 7th


  • Tools and materials
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Drinks and snacks

NOT Included

  • Accommodation
  • Are you coming from far away?
    We can offer you advice for B&B’s in the area. Inquire via e-mail.


  • Apply by filling out the form in next section.
  • Payment is 50% at registration and the rest by June 3rd.
  • Your place is guaranteed after initial payment is received. No refunds possible.
  • Number of participants is limited.
  • Payment details will be sent over e-mail within 2 days.

Main Objective

Our aim is providing knowledge of the materials, recognising and sourcing it to create unique porcelain bodies.

Focus will be made on stepping away from walked paths popularized and commercial bodies. Achieving whiteness will not be our goal but rather richness of textures and diverse palettes of whites. Translucency and plasticity will be equally included into process.

Emphasis will also be given to various techniques, drying process, finishing touches and addressing glazing and firing of works.

Studio will be equipped for material research, for creating porcelain bodies and firing it.

We will try to break away from traditional ways and challenge our limits how we think of porcelain, we will step outside comfortable zones and look what lies outside the box, under our feet.

We will be encouraged to think and act differently in our exploration of porcelain.

About Artist: Antoinette Badenhorst

Antoinette was born and raised in Southern Africa, now living and working as a ceramic artist in the USA for 20 years.

A potter for almost 40 years, she exhibited her work and taught ceramics in many countries across 4 continents and won several national and international awards. Her work is in several private and museum collections. As an artist and technical writer Antoinette juried various art shows, curated art shows for galleries and wrote ceramic art reviews for national and international magazines.

Her first book “Working with Porcelain”, in collaboration with Ceramics Monthly, was released in 2019.

Antoinette was recently honoured to become a member of the very small, but prestigious International Academy of Ceramics. The goal of the IAC is to stimulate friendship and communication between professionals in the field of ceramics across countries and to encourage and maintain ceramics at the highest level of quality worldwide

As a devoted and passionate artist, Antoinette is interested in helping to promote all forms of art in any way possible.

More about Antoinette and her work:

Anja Slapničar, Contemporary Ceramics Studio

Functional & Handmade Ceramics, Workshops and Classes


Tržaška 36, Ljubljana - Vič, Slovenia