New Vision Vessels
Lawrence, Les, School Arts
As a ceramic artist, I have been using a Macintosh computer for about the past four years. I have to admit that, at first, I believed that once I learned to use it, a vast new vision would be revealed to me. Well, that has not happened. But, what has occurred is that my thinking has changed. The computer is just one of many tools artists have at their disposal. By itself, the computer produces nothing, especially not a new vision.
Putting the images onto Clay
In my work, I create sculptural vessel shapes that I call "New Vision Vessels." I use a computer to create or modify the narrative images that are on the surface of the pieces. These images are put onto the clay using a photo silk screen transfer monoprint process on high fire translucent porcelain. They are embellished with stainless steel nails and handmade staples to further enhance the illusion of a paper-like surface.
The computer interacts in my work as I select images as diverse as old family photographs or old reference books with wonderful illustrations. An image is scanned into my computer and is modified if necessary using a photograph enhancing program and a page layout program. I make them up as single images and print them on my laser printer.
Silk screens are exposed using positive transparencies, so instead of the expensive photographic halftones, I make overhead transparencies on a photocopy machine. They work almost as well and are much cheaper. The silk screen is coated with water-resistant emulsion and is exposed to the transparencies to create the imaged screens. …