INSPIRING IMAGES: Screen Printing on Clay with Sam Briegel, 10/20-21
Silk screening has become one of the most popular techniques to create detailed, layered, colorful images on clay. In this two-day workshop, students will create and expose custom silkscreens using their own images and then print them using AMACO underglazes onto slabs of clay. Each participant will also receive a complete silk screening kit with two silk screens. Sam Briegel, the instructor, uses these techniques to make her slab constructed porcelain vessels with references to clothing and the female body.
The workshop will begin with a short presentation of Sam Briegel’s work. Students will come prepared with black and white images on an 8 ½’’x 11’’ piece of white copy paper. This will be used to expose the image onto their screen using sunlight. Further editing to the images can also be done during the workshop.
Demonstrations of pattern making for soft slab construction will be presented. Students will spend the day exposing screens, washing out emulsion, and making patterns for soft slab construction out of craft foam. The exposed screens will need to dry for a few hours or overnight before they can be printed. All screens will be exposed by the end of Day 1.
After allowing the screens to dry overnight, students will begin printing their screens with AMACO underglazes onto their clay slabs. Day 2 will be spent printing and constructing.
-Basic kit for screenprinting: plexiglass, craft foam, binder clips, plastic mesh drying sheet and two 8 1/2" x 11" silk screens
-Underglazes (black, white, red, blue, yellow)
-Variety Pack of Paint Brushes
-white stoneware clay
Tools students should bring:
-Black and White Image on 8 ½’’x11’’ copy paper preferred
-Ideas for an image to be burned onto a screen or sketches to draw your own
-Additional colors of AMACO underglaze if desired
Includes lunch each day. Workshop hours are 10-4 pm each day. If you are coming in from out of town, please click here to see some lodging options close to the Center.
My work reclaims the identity of non-functional clothing textures and patterns. The body and the vessel share a similar vocabulary of lips, shoulders, bellies, and feet. I use this comparison to clothe implied bodies. As functional pottery, these works demand interaction through use. Akin to our clothing, these interactions also make us aware of our bodies. What happens to the clothes that we love but can never wear again? These articles contribute to our identities. What happens when our clothes no longer comfort us? As a potter, I am offering a reclaimed comfort that delivers nourishment, tactile moments, and conversation.
Samantha Briegel was born and raised in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Knoxville, Tennessee. Samantha received her BFA in Three-Dimensional Arts at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in May of 2013. After graduation, her passion for pottery led her to Helena, Montana for the opportunity to intern at the Archie Bray Foundation Clay Business. As an intern for the Archie Bray Clay Business, Samantha worked in research and development in exchange for studio space and materials. After completing her internship, Samantha moved to Missoula, Montana to study ceramics at the University of Montana as a post-baccalaureate student. Samantha has recently received her Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Sam is currently a Resident Artist at the District Clay Center.