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Image Transfers onto Clay Surfaces

Some time ago I began trying to figure out how to transfer images onto clay. A few years back, I went to a one day workshop with Chris Snedden (www.chrissnedden.com) called “Transferring Images Onto Clay” where we used slip to transfer our images onto a surface either threw a screen or by transferring them onto a paper surface and then once it was dry, soaking the transfer in water and then adhering it to the surface.

Ceramics Arts Daily gave a good demonstration of this using a different method than I learned. Nevertheless, it is a good demo on doing transfers onto clay. See “Photo Lithography on Clay: A Surprisingly Simple Way to Print Images On Clay”.

http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-supplies/ceramic-colorants-ceramic-supplies-2/photo-lithography-on-clay-a-surprisingly-simple-way-to-print-images-on-clay/

Here is a piece that I made while I was at the workshop.  I liked this method but I found it didn’t always work out the way that I wanted although I love what Chris Snedden has done with his work. 

The other method that we used was transferring an image using a light sensitive emulsion.  When the emulsion is applied to the screen fabric and has sufficient exposure to light, it is transformed into a hardened film.  Since completing my one day workshop with this, I worked with it for a while and found that I wasn’t willing to spend too much time trying to get it right. I have been interested in transferring images for some time and more recently moved onto waterslide transfers.  If you have worked with any of these methods, I would love to hear about them and would love to write about your experiences with them.

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