Help! I am trying to create clay monoprints and vessels!
by Jessica Green
I am getting ready to start my student teaching next week and thought that I could have students create a clay monoprint (of course inspired by Mitch Lyons) then turn the matrix/clay slab into a vessel and have the imagery remain on the slab through firing. I have one major question that I can't find an answer to.
What can I use on the clay matrix that will work on both paper and fire (and not burn out when fired at cone 5) on the vessel. Can I use Acrylic or should I use underglaze and will that transfer onto paper?
Thank you for any assistance!
I've never done mono print with clay before.... however, I checked out Mitch's work, which is, as you say, inspirational. I didn't see any instances where he fired the mono prints or transferred them back onto a vessel.
One thing I can tell you is that acrylic will burn up in the firing so don't do that. You also don't want the paper going into the fire at all. Underglazes might work, though.
It sounds like you might want to try doing all the layering and whatnot on the slab using clay colored with underglazes, stains, or pigments. Then construct a vessel using that slab and then fire the vessel. That is, if I'm following you correctly.
All that being said, I did contact Mitch through his website, so if I hear back from him I'll be sure to share what I hear with you!
Anyway, is your student teaching going to be in ceramics? That would be great! Best of luck and be sure to send me a status on your experimentation.