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The Printer and The Potter
Tom will demonstrate a true printmaking approach to surface decoration on clay with a focus on how images can be transferred onto functional forms. Using printmaking techniques such as lithography, screenprinting and relief, he will discuss the unique ways to get everything from text, drawing and photographic images onto to the clay surface.
Highlighting the printed images on clay with transparent glazes and wax-resist will bring together the best of what the print shop has to offer to the clay studio. There will be a discussion about the pros and cons with printmaking techniques on green ware as apposed to bisque. Clay bodies with a low grog composition work the best to transfer images so a range of clay bodies can be used. Many of the modified underglazes work to cone 10. These processes work with a basic modification of Amaco underglazes, engobes and glaze from both dry and wet states. In order for them to possess the qualities of printing â€œinkâ€, Tom will discuss the variations between oil-based and water-based mediums used in making the inks for pulling prints onto clay.
Conference attendees will get the opportunity to print images onto clay tiles utilizing some of the demonstrated printmaking approaches.
Tom is an artist, educator and master printer who in addition, has been working with clay for the last 15 years. His work incorporates materials and imagery that reflect his memories and experiences. The goal is to communicate the past the present and the future in his work simultaneously.
He is the Director of the Printmaking Department at the Lillstreet Art Center and founder and master printer for Hummingbird Press L.A.C. also housed at Lillstreet in Chicago. Tom has taught classes and workshops at Penland School of Crafts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago, and SkopArt in Skopelos, Greece.