In this workshop, Alfredo Ratinoff explains the myriad ways of applying surface treatments to ceramics. You experiment with using underglazes, oxides, and ceramic pencil, and in addition to the aforementioned media, Alfredo explains the usages for low-fire glazes and patinas for obtaining a variety of effects at different temperatures and clay bodies. These techniques can be used on wheel-thrown or hand-built forms.
Alfredo Ratinoff was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he trained in ceramics with his master Teodolina Garcia Cabo starting at the age of eleven. He then studied at the National School of Ceramics and also studied drawing and painting at the National Art Academy.
Alfredo specialized for many years in large scale installations of tile and mosaic murals and his works are in many private collections all over the United States and have been exhibited at the Museum of the Americas at the Organization of American States, The N.A.S.A Headquarters in Washington D.C, The AT&T Headquarters in Oakton ,VA, Barnes & Noble Corporation in Rockville, MD and New York, N.Y, Strathmore Hall Art Center, Bethesda, MD, The Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA and the South Florida Art Center in Miami Beach, FL. He also has the distinction to be in the permanent collection at the Embassy of Argentina in the office of the ambassador.