Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ceramic Prints: Low-Tech Printing Techniques with Kicki Masthem

Just finished this 3 day class at Sitka Center 
I have been fascinated with image transfer to all types of mediums.  Here our focus was clay....I've really never played with clay but it is magical, messy, obedient, disobedient and generally fun.  My only fence to jump is the firing to bisque in my glass kiln.  Once I figure that out I will jump off the cliff in my normal fashion....

Course Description
In this hands-on workshop, we will explore various processes for applying prints and color to fired and unfired clay. We will experiment with different printing techniques starting with simple mono prints. You will learn how to create your own ceramic ink to transfer photocopied images. We will use terra sigillatas, stains, and engobes to create patterns and designs on small flat slabs of clay. The many demonstrations will be followed by ample time for hands-on experimentation. You will come away with good samples of each technique and an itch to put them into practice.
About the Instructor
Kicki Masthem is a sculptural clay artist in Portland, Oregon. She has been an artist-in-residence at Clay Studio of Missoula, Montana; Watershed Ceramic Center, Maine; and at Contemporary Crafts Museum and Gallery, Oregon. Kicki has an M.F.A. in Ceramics from James Madison University, Virginia and teaches at Oregon College of Art & Craft, and Portland Community College.

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