Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Paul Andrew Wandless Workshop- Atlanta 2009

This past weekend I attended a Paul Andrew Wandless workshop in Atlanta. I've had his book, Image Transfer on Clay, since it came out in 2006, so it was an exciting opportunity to meet him and work face-to-face.

In his opening lecture on the first day, Paul explained his philosophy of printmaking on clay.  As he sees it, we are all artists first and foremost, all of us happening to have clay in common.  I thought this was an interesting take on it, since it has a lot to do with the way we think of Old Cat Died - while we're into clay, we're not opposed to exploring other media, and with incorporating techniques from other media into clay.

The first day we made monoprints from plaster bats painted with underglaze.  With this technique, you build up layers in reverse, foreground to background, pour casting slip onto the surface, and by day 2 we were pulling our prints on the hardened clay.

Here's the plaster, with remnants of the underglaze painting: 

And here's the print from it:

This is a slab combining screen-printed ferris wheels and a sprig mold of an army man from Paul's collection.  Okay, so they have nothing to do with each other.  The workshop was about experimenting with a technique, not creating a coherent statement.

Here are some sprig molds of my own:

We also worked with various kinds of stamping.  I brought some of my old favorite homemade stamps, including the stamps we used for our wedding invitations, and a special anniversary stamp.  Personal things, you know.  

And I made a tile with one of Paul's roll stamps - a large cylinder with images that you roll across a slab.

Finally, the screen printing.  We made screens with PhotoEZ, a product made for cheap, at-home T-shirt screen printing.  They work surprisingly well, and considering how many screens you can get off of an $8 sheet, probably not a bad alternative if you don't want to invest in a serious screen printing setup.

And one last pic, a table full of experiments.  We'll certainly be using some of the techniques in our work in the future.  Can't say exactly what, but there's always time to try new things!

1 comment:

JENEB said...

this looks like so much fun!