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Ceramic painting Butia Schlerin

Details of the holiday tip

At the ceramic painting course in the Butia Schlerin in Sent there are no limits to creativity and a cosy get-together is guaranteed.

From Michelle Zbinden

The team of the holiday region Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair was invited to participate in the holiday tip «ceramic painting» in the Butia Schlerin. So one Tuesday evening after work we set off together to Sent. The Butia is located near the church in a beautiful Engadine house. The ambience is very homely, we immediately felt comfortable when we were welcomed by Heidi and Lidia.

Before we started painting the pottery, Heidi gave us a short insight into the different crockery and figures that are available. Over 300 blanks can be painted. The ceramic blanks are poured into prefabricated moulds, hardened, removed from the mould and then heated in the oven. If this were not done, the blanks would quickly break apart. After this step, the figures are then ready to be painted and decorated – creativity can be given free rein.

After the short introduction we were allowed to take a seat in the painting aterlier and choose our blank. The choice was between a tassli or a small bowl. Afterwards we were faced with probably the most difficult part: Between the many different colours, the sgraffito stamps and the glue which served as decoration, we were spoilt for choice. In a first step we painted our chosen object colourfully and then let it dry for a few minutes. 

In the second step we used the sgraffito stamp. The stamping turned out to be not so easy. Neither too much nor too little ink was allowed to be used. Heidi instructed us exactly and before we dared to use our tassli or bowl we practised on a neutral plate. The pulse shot up when we placed the first stamp on the carefully painted blank. But we can be quite satisfied with the result - it takes a lot of practice and experience, as Lidia explained to us.

After the final touch on our blank we let the paint dry for a short time and then brought the tassli and bowls to the next room. There our works of art were covered with a glaze and then fired in the oven. After this step, the colours are shown to their best advantage, because they are not in their original tone before firing. So our work was done and we could end the cosy evening with a cup of tea. A few days later, our ceramic tassels and bowls were brought by and we received them with great pleasure.

The whole team would like to thank Heidi and Lidia for this great experience and the wonderful evening at Butia Sciliar. It was certainly not the last time we visited them.

Important to know:

  • Arrival: possible by bus or car, parking at Sent church
  • Duration: depends on the selected blank, approx. 2 to 3 hours
  • Further: Ceramic painting is an experience for young and old and the painted works of art are a great holiday souvenir
Michelle Zbinden
Michelle Zbinden

Michelle Zbinden works for the Engadin Scuol Zernez holiday region in the content and marketing team. She has been living in the Engadin since August 2017 and enjoys spending her free time outdoors. She particularly enjoys the variety of flowers in the Lower Engadine. 

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