Clay Surfaces

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Ruth McKinney Burket is the WSW clay program coordinator and a recent MFA graduate from SUNY New Paltz where she continues to teach as an adjunct professor. She grew up in Spain, and was the manager of Brick City Center for the Arts in Ocala FL for several years before moving to the Hudson Valley. She enjoys the variety and depth of techniques available within the field of ceramics and loves finding ways for students to realize their creative visions.

Ruth has built an excellent clay program at WSW catering to both the local community and professional clay artists coming to work in residence. As a clay artist with a deep interest in surface and screenprinting she can easily segue between studios at WSW.

Clay Surfaces

Ruth McKinney Burket
August 12-16, 2013

This weeklong workshop will cover various methods and materials for silkscreen printing on clay. The class will begin by producing sheets of paper clay where slips and underglazes will be printed directly onto flat greenware slabs through masked and stenciled screens. The second part of the class will focus on creating decals that can be transferred on to three-dimensional glazed ceramic surfaces. As part of this process participants will learn to prepare black and white and grayscale images for single color photo screenprinting. We will then produce handmixed inks using ceramic oxides and commercial stains to be printed onto the decal paper.

Participants are encouraged to come with images and designs that they wish to apply to larger ongoing projects in their personal studio practice (there will be time for printing sheets of decals to take home and fire/apply to work).

It will also be possible for participants to bring a limited number of previously bisqued and glazed pieces to the workshop to fire decals on site. The number of pieces will depend on the size of the work and the type of firing. This should be discussed and arranged with the instructor prior to your arrival.

Tuition $775/$720 members
Lab fee $30
Class limit 6

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