Plates have to be one of my favorite pottery forms to make. I love the big open canvas for decoration and the fact that they can double as wall art if you so desire. Because they are so much fun, though also deceptively challenging, we decided to put together a compilation of plate-making techniques from several different artists. In today’s post, I am sharing an excerpt in which Forrest Lesch-Middelton demonstrates a great way to make a beautiful altered rim on a large plate. Gorgeous. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
Forrest Middelton makes the largest wheel-thrown plate on the compilation, beginning with 12.5 pounds of clay, and gives great advice on how to center this much clay without wrecking your wrists. Then he shares how he uses a process similar to how he throws cylinders to make a plate with a wide rim that can be darted and altered. He finishes it all off with his signature screen printed image transfer.
We have posted a few videos on Ceramic Arts Daily over the years of artists using screen printing techniques on clay in one way or another. But until filming Forrest Lesch-Middelton’s DVD Volumetric Image Transfer on Clay, I had never seen anyone screen print on the inside of a wheel thrown bowl. In today’s post, an excerpt from the DVD, you’ll see the ingenious method Forrest came up with to get his screen-printed imagery onto what he calls his inside-out jars. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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Silkscreening on a flat surface is a piece of cake, but when you try to do it on a three-dimensional piece, that’s a challenge, and this is what Forrest has worked out. Through a series of different forms—platter, bowl, cylinder, jar, etc.—Forrest leads you in an easy-to-follow step-by-step sequence of how to bring together complicated patterns and forms to create elegant masterpieces. You’ll discover how to throw, decorate, then throw again so the silkscreened pattern is integrated into the form but untouched after it’s applied. Depending on whether the decoration is on the inside or outside surface, you’ll learn the different techniques needed to address most any form.
Volumetric Image Transfer: Using Newspaper and Screenprinted Slip to Make Gorgeous Patterned Surfaces
Forrest Lesch-Middleton was interested in all-over pattern on his pottery forms, so he tried screenprinting his patterns onto a flat surface (newsprint) and then transferring the design to a straight-sided cylinder. After that he shapes the pots into the volumetric shapes he wants from the inside out. Works like a charm! In today’s post, Forrest gives a detailed description of his process.