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Transferring Images to Clay with Donna Bloye, Winner of the Pottery Throwdown

1 June @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


In this full day workshop, Donna will lead you through her process for hand-building using hump molds and decorating a dish. Her aim is to encourage potters to consider the decoration of their piece at the make stage rather than after bisque firing a piece.

Decoration will be applied using a mono-printing method, which allows you to use small-scale production techniques, without the commitment of burning a silk screen. Imagery can be traced repeatedly and altered for each new dish, be it by the addition of further layers of drawing or by changing the colour scheme.

Donna will demonstrate her mono-printing process, which begins with a template drawing onto a new piece of newsprint that she then traces using slip trailers. Once the underglaze has dried on the newsprint, she will begin filling in the design with colour, texture and mark-making, using a range of brushes, before finally transferring the image to her dish and shaping it on the hump mold. By the end of the workshop each participant will have a dish, fully decorated, which can then be bisque fired and finished using a transparent glaze. Donna would encourage participants to bring photos or images to inspire their work.


Belfast Ceramics Studio
Unit 10E Owen O'Cork Mill, 288 Beersbridge Road
Belfast, Antrim BT55DX United Kingdom
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