4 - 9 July, 2016

11 - 16 July, 2016

18 - 23 July, 2016




The cost of each masterclass is 150,000 Hungarian forints.
It includes accommodation in a single room (self catering) with shared facilities, teaching fee and materials you need for the course.
We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF per course.

Discounts on the course fees for Ilona's masterclasses apply if you take 2 or more:
1 course - 150,000 huf
2 courses - 250,000 huf
3 courses - 350,000 huf


Information and application form please email:
Steve Mattison, International Contact

Strohner Márton,
Magyar kapcsolat
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Ilona Romule

Ilona Romule is a studio artist from Riga, Latvia and has received international recognition with her slip cast porcelain figures examining the figure as a hollow vessel which through exquisite painting that is simultaneously two- & three-dimensional. Her human or animal figures are at the same time meticulously drawn on the sides of her pots meanwhile partially emerging from those pots as three-dimensional forms.

Ilona is known for her use of ironic and erotic imagery both in the form of her fine porcelain pieces and also in the surface decoration with the china paints. In ceramics Ilona is interested in the opportunity of three dimensional expression, using the scope of graphics and painting.

Traditionally she works with porcelain. Ilona supplements her sculptural works with fine painting in overglaze technique, thus developing plastically expressive compositions, participated by human, animal and peculiar hybrid figures. In the motives chosen by the artist, figures settle in form and material in the game of symbols and character situations.

Ilona’s unique and high quality artwork has allowed her opportunities to work inside world-known porcelain industries such as the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg, Russia. 18 years ago in the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét she first used the high quality porcelain available here and now most of her works are created here.

Ilona Romule is member of the Latvian Artists Union and the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC). Her recent achievements in international competitions include the 6th International Contemporary Porcelain Triennial in Nyon, Switzerland, the 2nd World Ceramic Biennale in South Korea and the 1st , 2nd and 3rd International Triennial of Silicate Arts in Kecskemet, Hungary. On a regular basis Ilona holds lectures in USA - at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, the Southwest Craft Center in San Antoni, the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas State University, Ohio University, University of Illinois, The University of Michigan, etc. Ilona has lectured also in various other universities, art centres, studios all across the world - Culture and Art Centre in Finland, Australian National University in Australia, Ege University in Turkey, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel, etc.

P O R C E L A I N . A - Z . M A S T E R C L A S S E S

This is a series of three one week masterclasses covering the major elements in the creation of porcelain slip cast objects. It is possible to take just one of the courses or all of them. If you book for two or more of these courses then the participation fee will be discounted (please see below).


M O D E L . A N D . M O U L D M A K I N G
4 - 9 July, 2016
During this 6 day workshop, Ilona Romule will demonstrate her step-by-step approach to design, model and mould making, describing how she transfers factory technology to a studio environment to create her unique porcelain works. Participants will learn the process of design, creating the original model from plaster and making the moulds ready for slip casting.


S L I P . C A S T I N G . A N D . A S S E M B L Y
11 - 16 July, 2016
During this 6 day workshop, Ilona Romule will demonstrate her way of slip casting in high quality, translucent porcelain and constructing her pieces from cast and assembled parts. There will be a possibility to fire one high fire porcelain kiln with some of the finished works in at the end of the course. Participants can be provided with moulds to cast from - or if you were part of the week 1 course then you will use your own moulds.


C H I N A . P A I N T I N G
18 - 23 July, 2016
Ilona has received international recognition with her slip cast porcelain figures and is reknowned for her use of semi-erotic imagery both in the form of her fine porcelain pieces and also in the surface decoration. She uses a variety of onglaze enamel techniques which she will be demonstrating during this Masterclass. White, glazed, porcelain "blank" pieces will be supplied for the participants to paint.





The workshop language will be English.


Included in the fee for this course are clay and firing costs. Participants will receive sufficient clay suitable for the firings. You can purchase more if wish from our technicians.

  • Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying. We can provide a basic tool kit for purchase if you need.
  • Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
  • Overall/apron.

Fees for the masterclass include

  • Your accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom on a self catering basis.
  • The basic materials and firings you will need for your course. (Extra materials may be purchased if you wish to make additional work.)
  • Teaching fee.
  • 24 hour access to your studio.

A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio. It may be possible for you to make applications to arts councils and funding organisations in your home country to attend the course. We will help you in any way we can with any applications for funding you make.

Accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathrooms and WC. Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with shared refrigerators, cookers and microwave ovens. All cups, plates, cooking pots, saucepans and cutlery is provided. There are spacious lounges and dining rooms. All accommodation is self catering.

We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is computer broadband internet access (wi-fi) in most areas. There is also a laundry facility with washers and dryer.

En-suite accommodation
We have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC. If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF per course.

Studio materials and equipment
We have all the usual studio equipmen - slabrollers, electric and kick wheels, extruders, pugmills, ballmills etc. and we have 9 electric kilns of varying sizes, three gas kilns (firing to 1400c for porcelain), 4 wood-fired kilns, with one for saltglaze, and raku kilns.

All participants must be insured for medical and personal liability for the duration of their masterclass at ICS.
For EU citzens - please bring your EU Healthcard.
During the work period the ICS may document and publish the work of the artist in publications or on the ICS website.
ICS cannot offer storage for any artist’s works after the masterclass is completed.

Evening working
The studios will be available if you wish to continue making items, though these sessions may not be taught. Additional materials to those provided by the course may be purchased from the technicians.

Health and Safety
The tutor instructs students in health and safety issues relevant to this course. Students may work unsupervised on agreed projects once they have satisfied the tutor as to their competence. There may be restrictions on the equipment available to students in the tutor’s absence.


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