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Printmaking and Ceramic Form

August 18, 2013

Further along in printmaking and ceramics I have been searching for my Holy Grail Cup, throwing several styles of cups and now exploring handles. Proportion and design elements are being considered, clay body and glazing techniques.

Porcelain, cobalt slip, silk screen transfer Batch #2 15/06/2013

Porcelain, cobalt slip, silk screen transfer
Batch #2

Moving the form and applying the handles in proportion to cups are my objectives, using porcelain as the clay body I have yet to master the fine thrown objects that porcelain has available. I find moving from the harder and gritty clay on the wheel, I was able to manipulate the porcelain body, moving fast, not applying too much water, managing using just wet slip and of course porcelain is unforgiving in the firing process. Any faults or movements whilst in the leatherhard stage will come to haunt you later in the firing process. It is a clay medium I enjoy working with and over time learn to love its misgivings, somehow design those qualities of the clay into the form. I have to keep in mind that even though I produce the cups in uniform to weight, volume, height and form, not every piece will be identical and I had to drop that notion that I am not a machine, it is the quality in the handmade vessel that appeals to me. Caution is required in not distorting the form or mouth of the cup when applying the silk screen printed transfers, in this I have researched techniques in application from other ceramic artists.


glazed, thrown porcelain, cobalt slip, red iron oxide print transfer 30/07/2013

glazed, thrown porcelain, cobalt slip, red iron oxide print transfer 30/07/2013

detail handles

detail handles

In addition to silk screen prints, tissue transfers are also considered for surface decoration and skills in adhering to surface without distortion. As a component of my studies in Art History and Cultural Studies, I have been researching artists and techniques developed from The Industrial Revolution. Copper etched plates, oxide inks and tissue transferware most famous the “Willow” design originating from the mid 18th Century applied by workers with skilled precision.



attaching handles to "Cup of Jo"

attaching handles to “Cup of Jo”



18/06/2013 Tissue print transfer

Tissue print transfer

detail handle

detail handle

Glazed "Cup of Jo" 2013

Glazed “Cup of Jo”



The lateset glaze tests prove exciting, Tenmaku and Oxidised  Shino coupled with the Red Iron Prints. Experimenting with Oxide spraypainting with the newest works, “practice, practice, practice..”

Clear glaze, shino and temaku glaze 30/07/2013

Clear glaze, shino and temaku glaze 30/07/2013


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