Handbuilding from Home with Jill: CLAY MONOPRINTING. Six 2-hour sessions, Thurs 7-9 pm, $240, 9/17-10/22
Monoprinting is a decorative technique that combines printmaking and ceramics in such a way that some pretty amazing surfaces on clay are possible. The process allows images and designs that have been hand drawn and painted on paper to be directly transferred to either handbuilt or wheel thrown pots.
There are a number of different ways to do this, but the method we’ll be exploring
in class is very low tech; you need only newsprint, underglaze, slip and water. Taking it a step further, we’ll also combine monoprinting with other surface decoration techniques including texturing, paper resist, stamping and staining.
We’ll be printing on a set of handbuilt serving platters. These platters can be oval, square, or asymmetric since you’ll also be learning how to make your own instant slump molds that can accommodate any shape platter you decide.
By the end of the 6 week session, you’ll have the know-how to use underglazes, slips and inexpensive newsprint to hand paint and transfer your own designs to either handbuilt or wheel thrown pots, whether flat or rounded. You’ll also know ways to push the decoration further by adding layers of other decorative techniques to your surface. Finally, you’ll know how to make on-the-spot slump molds in shapes that best compliment your surface decoration.
Your imagination’s the limit.
Six Thursdays, September 17 – October 22 (no class Oct. 31), 7-9 pm, $240. Includes clay, bisque and clay firing. Decorating Kit available.
Maximum number of students: 12
All levels welcome (some experience with clay would be helpful)
A DCC Decorating Kit is available for an additional $15 (this is an add on fee).
The kit includes three primary colors of underglaze that can be mixed in
any combination to customize your color palette, white slip, 2 slip trailers, 2 Hake brushes, and a plastic syringe to transfer underglaze to your slip trailers.
How the Class Works:
The day before class, Jill will send out an email with a link to the Zoom meeting. (You will need to create a Zoom account if you don’t already have
If you need them, you can pick up clay and a Decorating Kit prior to class. Jill will send you further details.
District Clay Supplies:
12 pounds of clay, if needed.
District Clay Glazes
Bisque and glaze firings
A DCC Decorating Kit is available, if desired, for an additional $15 (this is an add on fee). See what the kit includes above.
Please indicate whether you want the kit and if you need clay when you check out.
(Note: If you aren't purchasing a Decorating Kit, you should be able to supply all the items listed in the Kit.)
Canvas or old sheeting to cover your workspace
Wooden board large enough to hold your slumpmold and platter
Sketchbook (and colored pencils would be ideal)
Newspaper (blank newsprint paper is preferable)
Spray water bottle
2 manila folders for templates
Dental floss (or wire cutter)
Old plastic credit cards (or soft rubber ribs)
Comb or fork (or textured rib)
Hair dryer or heat gun
Sharp paring knife
Dry cleaner bags to cover work
2 wooden rulers, yard sticks or dowels approx 3/8th” thick to evenly roll out slabs
Large sewing needle (or pin tool)
Straight pins with heads to unclog and cover slip trailers