Anne Gibbs – Ceramics and Print

After a productive session last week, and having a look through Paul Scotts books and 500 prints on clay as a heads up for this session, we started to explore ways of translating prints and imagery onto clay using a oil mixed medium.

Doing some preparation for this session was crucial, which involved pre-rolling some clay slabs so they were leather hard for a better print, as well as gathering a range of materials and tools to make some marks.

Ceramics and print have in common the ability to repeat a shape, form or image and have been used together for hundreds of years to produce decorative wares and tiles. Although ceramics are perceived as primarily three-dimensional, and print two-dimensional, ceramic surfaces are variously both.

Some interesting achievements during the session exploring patterns. I also played a bit with decorating slips and sgraffito part of a continuity to our technician Matt’s demonstration on decorating slips. Really liked how these turned and I can connect with Emily as she likes loose tea leafs.

Below artist, Grayson Perry next to a piece of his, and the correlation and conversations between art and artist is truly astonishing. Something I am really interested and would like to explore is the connections with identity and how this can be translated into a piece of work, either looking at personality, physicality, preferences, stereotypes, gender, sexuality, religion.




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BA (Hons) Final Year Ceramics student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Love experimenting with material and techniques and work on a range of medium.

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