Where do you find inspiration for your art? For some it is in nature, for some inspiration lies in the work of a favorite artist, for others, it can be found in their friends or family. But inspiration doesn’t always have to come from things traditionally thought of as beautiful or profound. As ceramic artist David Gamble demonstrates, mundane objects can serve as inspiration too. All you have to do is look around with an open mind. Today, we’ll show you how David turned manhole covers and sewer grates into wall-worthy art. Plus, we’ll show you a great way to hang wall tiles. Enjoy!
There are a number of ways to make stencils, with the easiest method being making stencils out of paper. But for more complex designs or designs with very fine components, adhesive stencil film and a screen are really handy. In todays video, an excerpt from Fundamentals of Screen Printing on Clay, Paul Wandless explains this process. Enjoy!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.