The Tale of That Copyrighted Black and Gothic Upcycling with Maria

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You might not have heard of “Vantablack”, but it’s a wild and curly tale of colour copyrights, light absorbing darkness, satellites and…home decor!?  

Simply put, Vantablack is the darkest black pigment humans have created, originally as a form of military camouflage. It’s extremely matte, meaning it doesn’t reflect light, giving it its extra dark appearance. 

Soon after it’s invention, this was copyrighted by a famous painter and since then the funniest battle of the pigments ensued.

In this class we’ve gotten our hards on some of the super black pigments created since and we are going to upcycle some op shop treasures for an instant gothic vibe!

We’ll provide you with paint, a porcelain project, and an art lesson! Or BYO ceramic vessel for a discounted ticket.

What will we cover?

In this class you will learn:

  • All about Vantablack and colour copyrights in modern art
  • How to prep ceramics for painting – sanding and undercoat options
  • Inspiration and design tips.
  • Go home with your new obsession: super black decor!


    • Wheelchair Accessible Venue
    • Gender Neutral Bathrooms
    • Free Tickets to First Nation Attendees
    • Discounted Early Bird Tix
    • Auslan Interpreted Upon Request
    Maria in a crocheted fox hood

    Who will be Teaching?

    Maria (she/her) is a serial crafter. She loves learning about new crafts and techniques! She does crochet, macrame, sewing, pottery, weaving and likes to explore how these crafts can be combined and expanded. 

    In addition to plants and crafting, she also has a passion for cooking and baking, light painting and running Laneway Learning. You can follow her plant journey at @malayebra.

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