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Title: Water-based ceramic transfer printing : the development and creative use of a new on-glaze screenprinting system.
Author: Petrie, Kevin.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3485 8783
Awarding Body: University of the West of England at Bristol
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 1999
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Screenprinted ceramic transfers are one of the primary methods of decorating industrial ceramics with polychromatic imagery. The technique has also been used by individual artists as a means of personal creative expression. Currently transfers are produced by printing enamels mixed with a solvent-based medium onto a prepared paper. The image is overprinted with a solvent-based film, covercoat, thus fonning a transfer which can be applied to two or three dimensional ware. Once fired the print is bonded permanently with the glaze. In recent years Environmental and Health and Safety legislation, concerning levels of solvent used has led the industry to seek alternatives to solvent-based systems. This legislation and the health implications of the process have also made transfer printing less viable as a creative technique for the small scale artfcraft user. The British ceramic industry has yet to adopt a reduced solvent system. This research project has addressed these issues through the development, testing and patenting of a new water-based screenprinting system. This was achieved through a practice led research methodology approached from the perspective of an individual artist printmaker. The new system involves the use of a water miscible printing medium, which is waterproof when dry, used in conjunction with a pre-covercoated release paper. Initial printed tests, applied and fired onto tiles, established the creative production potential for water-based transfer printing. This work was later expanded into the making of a body of transfer printed ceramic artwork, further testing and demonstrating issues of practicality and creative potential. A series of collaborative industrial trials indicated that this research may also have an industrial application. Throughout the research, the developing system was considered both in terms of its practical aspects and visual quality of the resultant fired image. An overview of ceramic transfer printing processes since cl760 with an emphasis on these aspects provides points of reference against which the practical research results have been assessed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Arts