with Ilona Romule

Ilona Romule-val

18 - 24 June, 2024
course fee: 400,000 huf.


Master the lithophane technique for creating porcelain artworks which reveal the extraordinary relief effects when lit from behind. 

Lithophanes are made of fine sheets of translucent white porcelain with a decorative motif etched in negative, usually views of famous cities, landscapes, historical events, indoor family scenes or children subject matters. When lit from behind, these sheets show the scene in positive, creating a three-dimensional effect.

Lithophanes were produced from about 1830 to about 1900, mostly in Germany, by the Royal Factory at Berlin and by Meissen. In England the main producers appear to have been Minton and Copeland and in Hungary the world famous Herend factory produced various lithpohanes.

Most lithophanes were plaques, ranging from miniatures to larger sizes that were framed and hung with the light (either natural or artificial) behind them; some examples were set in the bottom of beer tankards, where they could be seen when the vessel was emptied.

Ilona is one of the few artists making 3D lithophane objects.

The workshop language will be English, Latvian and Russian.

Ismerje meg a litofán technikát olyan porcelán tárgyak készítéséhez, amelyek hátulról megvilágítva feltárják a porcelán anyag rendkívüli fényáteresztő képességét. 

A litofánok finom, áttetsző fehér porcelánlapokból készülnek, negatívba vésett díszítő motívummal, általában híres városok, tájképek, történelmi események, családi jelenetek vagy gyermek témájú beltéri jelenetek nézeteivel. Ha hátulról megvilágítják ezeket a lapokat, a jelenet pozitívban jelenik meg, háromdimenziós hatást keltve.

A litofánokat körülbelül 1830-tól 1900-ig gyártották, főként Németországban, a berlini Royal Factory-ban és Meissenben. Angliában a fő gyártók a Minton és a Copeland voltak, Magyarországon pedig a világhírű Herendi gyár gyártott különféle litofánokat.

A legtöbb litofán a miniatúráktól a nagyobb méretűekig terjedő plakett volt, amelyeket bekereteztek és (természetes vagy mesterséges) fénnyel megvilágítva felakasztottak; néhány példányt söröskorsók aljába helyeztek el, ahol az edény kiürítésekor láthatóvá váltak.

Ilona egyike azon kevés művészeknek, akik 3D-s litofán tárgyakat készítenek.

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.


Ilona Romule stúdióművész a lettországi Rigából, nemzetközi elismerést kapott finom festésű, egyszerre két- és háromdimenziós porcelánfiguráiért. Emberi, illetve állatfigurái egyszerre vannak aprólékosan megrajzolva alkotásai oldalára, miközben részben háromdimenziós formaként emelkednek ki azokból.

Ilona arról ismert, hogy ironikus és erotikus képeket használ mind a finom porcelándarabok formájában, mind a porcelánfestékkel való felületi díszítésben. A kerámiában Ilonát a háromdimenziós kifejezés lehetőségei érdeklik, a grafika és a festészet eszközeit felhasználva.


● Accommodation in a single room.
● Teaching fee.
● Materials and any firings you need for the course.
● 24 hour access to the studio.
● Refreshments: Free drinks, tea, coffee, snacks and fresh fruit are available for all participants.

We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 24,000 huf.



A 50% deposit is required within 14 days to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio.


Participants may have fifty per cent of the deposit refunded provided that we are notified 30 days before the start of the course. No refunds of deposits can be made after this deadline.

If we have to replace the course leader for any reason we guarantee the course will be held by a teach-er of similar qualification. You may choose to participate in the course or transfer the deposit to another course of your choice. If none of these options are to your satisfaction your full deposit will be refunded.


Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying.
Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.


Accommodation is in single bedrooms with shared bathroom 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 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 for the course.

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


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.


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

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.

Kecskeméti Kortárs Művészeti Műhelyek

Kecskemét Contemporary Art Studios


Kápolna u.11,
Kecskemét 6000

+36 76 486867


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