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Image & Design Transfer Techniques

Posted On April 1, 2015 Comments Off on Image & Design Transfer Techniques

For many years, ceramic artists have used printmaking, drawing and photography to enhance the surfaces of their work. Using underglazes, slips, and glazes it’s entirely possible to take advantage many 2-D mediums to decorate both functional and sculptural work. Image & Design Transfer Techniques covers more than thirty techniques that can be used on greenware, bisqueware, and glazeware. You’ll discover ways to create and transfer images and designs using appliqué and paper transfers, decals, stencils, silkscreening, etching, stamping, embossing, and more.

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Printing and Embossing Clay With Linocuts

Posted On October 1, 2012 3 Comments

If I wasn’t a potter, I would probably be a printmaker – not that you can’t be both, but these days I barely have time to be a potter. So for now, I just satisfy my love for printed things by printing on clay.

One printing technique that I have been meaning to try lately is printing with linocuts. I love the “wood-blocky” effect that these prints have. In today’s post, Paul Andrew Wandless demonstrates how linocuts can be made and used for printing onto clay and stamping into clay. Fun! 

Cover Image of the Ceramics Arts Daily Presents DVD Screen Printing on Clay with Paul Wandless

Screen Printing on Clay

Posted On June 29, 2012 Comments Off on Screen Printing on Clay

Paul Andrew Wandless shares some of the fundamentals of the screen-printing process and shows you how to screen print images on clay. He covers techniques that are easy and accessible so that you’ll be ready to experiment with them right away. Best of all the processes in this video can be done in any home studio and do not require any expensive or specialized equipment. Through his diligent step-by-step demonstrations and explanations, you’ll learn how to create screens and put images onto those screens using a variety of techniques. In addition, you’ll learn successful methods for printing your images alone or in combination to make beautiful and complex images on both greenware and bisqueware. The creative possibilities are limitless!

Paul Wandless Screenprinting

Surface Decoration Video: Exploring Options for Layering Screen Printed Images on Clay

Posted On December 3, 2010 22 Comments

This past summer, I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days with Paul Andrew Wandless to film an instructional DVD on screenprinting on clay. In any video production, there are inevitably parts that get left on the cutting room floor. But lucky for us, they don’t have to be lost forever because we can share them on Ceramic Arts Daily – which is what I will do today. In this clip, Paul demonstrates how screens and stencils can be layered to add more impact to an image.


How to Make Your Own Hand-Drawn Screens for Screen Printing on Clay

Posted On October 29, 2010 18 Comments

I can hardly contain my excitement because today, we are announcing our new DVD series! We started this video series with the goal of helping you gain more access to instruction on a wide variety of techniques from top-notch artists. Our first title, Screen Printing on Clay with Paul Andrew Wandless, is now heading off to the replication company! And today, I am happy to present an excerpt from it in which Paul demonstrates how to use screen block and screen filler to make hand-drawn silk screens for printing on clay. Watch the video!

Membership Committee Update

Posted On July 20, 2010 0 Comments
  The NCECA Conference in Philadelphia was wonderful and it was great to see so many active Potters Council members attending. The conference is always a great place for everyone to get together and share information about what we all love to do. At the Potters Council open board meeting we were able to thank… Read More »

Ceramic Art Lesson Plan: Testing Your Clay

Posted On April 15, 2010 0 Comments


At some point we all change clay bodies for one reason or another. Whether you want a body that shrinks less, has more absorption/less absorption, a lower/higher maturation point or just a different color, there are hundreds of commercial clays to choose from. While most commercial clays have pretty good general catalog descriptions of what they are and what they can do, once we apply our specific working and firing processes, other issues can arise. Alternately, when A combination of tests can give you plenty of information that makes choosing and learning about a clay body a little easier.


Ceramic Art Lesson Plan: Making a Clay Ruler

Posted On April 14, 2010 1 Comment

There are several ways to learn about clay shrinkage, but none more simple than a clay ruler. Any age or level of experience will find this to be a fun and easy way to understand how much clay shrinks at the greenware, bone dry, and bisqueware stages. A standard clay bar test will give a measurable percentage for clay body shrinkage. A clay ruler gives a simple and obvious visual example in inches.


How to Transform Your Clay Body into a Casting Slip

Posted On March 15, 2010 25 Comments

Combine cast and handbuilt parts without the fear of different shrinkage rates. Paul Wandless demonstrates how to make a casting slip from your everyday clay body.

Testing 1…2…3: How to Test Clay Bodies to Find the Right Sculpture or Pottery Clay for Your Work

Posted On October 21, 2009 5 Comments

Today, Paul Wandless explains how a combination of simple tests can give you plenty of information that will make choosing and learning about pottery and sculpture clays a little easier.