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SILK-SCREENING ON NONPLANAR SURFACES

 

 

  • One of the limiting constraints of silk-screening in ceramics is the requirement that the image be transferred onto a flat surface. Furthermore, silk-screening can only be done on a relatively dry clay surface. The degree of dryness needed is achievable by allowing the clay to dry almost to the leather-hard state. Unfortunately, this state of clay is too stiff to permit any additional modification of the clay form without inflicting damage to it. Thus, ceramic artists who want to use silk-screening for image transfer must work with fixed flat surfaces of clay that is unsuitable for artistic manipulation by bending, twisting, altering, and so forth.
  • In an effort to overcome these handicaps, I undertook a series of experiments in which I attempted to make flat leather-hard clay less fragile and resistant and more pliable to structural modifications.
  • Success was accomplished in due course by wetting the dry clay and allowing it to absorb the fluid and ultimately revert to its former wet state, all without compromising the silk-screened surface.
  • The sequential steps in this innovative process are quite simple and will be described in detail below. The technique opens entirely new avenues for reworking flat clay slabs which have been silk-screened so they can satisfy a broad panoply of artistic design.

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