I use slip covered newsprint to transfer my designs onto the
clay surface. The process combines my interests in drawing, printmaking,
painting, and ceramics. A combination of the printing processes make the final
surfaces of my work. I start by making flexible screens from my drawings. Then,
using thick underglaze, I screenprint my drawings as outlines onto newsprint.
The designs are filled in with colored slips working from foreground to
background. The newsprint is then pressed and transferred to the clay surface,
resulting in a one-time unique print, also called a monoprint. This method
creates a timely, aged, and weathered appearance of my drawings on the red clay
foundation. I love the spontaneous transfer marks of the folds and wrinkles on
the slip-covered paper as well as the misregistration of line and color, giving
a glimpse into how it is made.
I balance densely filled graphic areas with simple raw clay
Some pieces are thrown, others are hand-built or slip cast.
Most often a piece requires a combination of multiple techniques. Each piece is
fired twice. After the first firing the drawings are set so the pieces can be
wet-sanded. Wet sanding the pieces gives the glaze a smooth surface to adhere
too while knocking off any slip-bits that did not fully adhere. The glaze is
then poured or brushed on, leaving some areas of the clay bare.
To learn more, please check out the article "Drawn and Transferred," originally published in Pottery Making Illustrated, September/October 2018. http://potterymaking.org. Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.
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