Colin Pratt

  • Mixed Media

My focus this continues to explore the use of wet and dry shellac burns with Encaustic Wax. The versatility of using beeswax as a painting medium still astonishes me. Workshops are available during Open Studios.

Studio Details

Commonage Pottery & Happs Wines
575 Commonage Road

Opening Hours

  • Sat 7 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 8 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 9 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 10 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Wed 11 SeptClosed
  • Thu 12 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 13 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 14 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 15 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 16 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 17 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Wed 18 SeptClosed
  • Thu 19 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 20 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 21 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 22 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Parking suitable for cars
  • Parking suitable for buses
  • Family friendly (suitable for children)
  • Refreshments available

As an Encaustic artist I work with beeswax as my medium, incorporating natural wax from hives and naturally bleached wax. Adding natural and manufactured pigments to colour the wax, this ancient form of art offers enormous opportunities to be creative. Typically, most encaustic paintings are small (20 x 20cm) as wax dries extremely quickly, but this year my focus has been on creating larger paintings (1 metre) and overcoming the difficulties that this presents. Most paintings demonstrate abstract realism, showing recognisable themes using a variety of encaustic techniques. With 22 years experience painting in encaustic wax, it still amazes me that I can find new materials and techniques that can be incorporated into wax – and for the past 18 months I have been working with the Shellac burn which gives a very unusual but complementary finish.
My work is on display at the Commonage Pottery and Gallery (at Happs Winery), where I also conduct workshops when requested for both beginners and more advanced artists.
Workshops will be available during Open Studios.


Encaustic Wax workshops - beginners to advanced

These workshops are offered at any time on a request basis during Open Studios, but prior arrangements need to be made with Commonage Pottery/Gallery 9755 3300 or with the gallery manager