Introduction to Underglaze Tissue Printing

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By Fineprint at 11:50 on 04/03/14

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Underglaze tissue ceramic transfer printing was first developed in the mid-18th Century and involved the use of engraved or etched metal plates, from which the tissue was printed with a cobalt blue colour- the famous 'Willow Pattern' being a well-known example. Underglaze tissue has a very distinctive, subtle quality – it is an integral part of English ceramic history and cannot be replicated by any other means.

Underglaze tissue printing in the intaglio manner involves transferring images from hand engraved copper plates onto a pre-made ceramic ware before glazing and firing in the kiln. During the course you will have the opportunity to try your hand at a little engraving and making photographically produced flexo plates.

We will explore mark making possibilities, flexo plate production, ink mixing, printing and transfer techniques in the UWE printmaking workshop. A selection of ceramic wares will be provided for you to transfer your images onto and keep. We have examples of underglaze decorated ceramics available to view as inspiration including recently produced editioned wares at the Centre for Fine Print Research by Chris Orr RA, Paul Scott, Higg+Bunn and Stephen Hoskins.

Due to the nature of the process, the ceramic wares will not be available to take home at the end of the workshop but will be posted to you once they have been glazed and fired.

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Date: Monday, April 14, 2014

Repeats: Every Day until Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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