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Project Goal:

Use the relief print to print-on-clay and create a vessel out of clay.

Printing on Clay:

Block or relief printing is a great transfer technique for any kind of image, text or design you want on your work. Whether simple or complex, finished linocuts can even be the finished works on their own (figure 1). When inked with underglaze or slips, you can use the blocks to print directly onto clay or push them into the surface for embossing. Linoleum or lino, as it’s commonly called, is flexible and works on flat and curved surfaces making it versatile to use. Clay, plaster, wood and rubber can also be used for block printing.


I decided to tread this process exactly how I would when printing on paper, I just replaced the paper with a clay slab and used a brayer instead of a press. 


My inspiration for this project stemmed from my recent relief print "Tradition". I was extremely impressed with the results as a 2D piece of art that I was curious how it would turn out as a 3D piece. I had never done it before and was fairly new to underglazes 


“I am inspired by Black people and Mexican people, my two peoples.”

--Elizabeth Catlett

The use of dramatic line and texture was something that really drew me into the simplistic black and white linoleum prints.  

Elizabeth Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett, Sharecropper, 1952, published 1968-70, linoleum cut on paper, 47 x 48.1 cm

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