Saturday, October 27, 2007

Clay Mono Types

Nocturnal Landscape 8x16"

Green-purple strokes 16x16"

Three 41x32"

Since I've been writing about working in multiple mediums I thought I would take a break from all the verbiage and post some examples of this work. I have already posted several acrylic paintings on canvas, and some ink drawings from my journals. Today I’ve chosen several clay mono types to show you.

The clay monotype is a variation of the traditional monotype technique and was developed by an artist named Mitch Lyons.

A slab of stoneware clay 3/4 to 1 inch thick is pressed into a firm framed base mounted on a solid support table or bench. The surface is smoothed and leveled with the edges of the frame and is allowed to dry overnight to a “leather hard” consistency. There is no “correct” size: it can be small and portable or permanently situated in the studio. This clay base will act as the “plate” in the creation of the monotype. My current clay plate is 30x40” and is almost 5 years old. By keeping it covered with wet paper and plastic drapes it will last indefinitely.

Liquid clay-slip-is produced by mixing water and kaolin powder in a blender to a light pancake batter consistency and several coats are then brushed onto the clay slab. This slip also becomes the paint by the addition of pure pigments, dry or liquid, and is used to create the image by its application to the clay slab. The final result is a flat slab of clay in which the image is imbedded.

A moistened support, fabric or paper, is placed on top of the clay and pressure is applied using a roller or brayer. The support becomes impregnated with a thin layer of the clay resulting in a transfer of the image.

All the materials used in this process are archival and the pigments share the same light fastness as other tradition pigments.

The resulting one of kind images have characteristics unlike those produced by any other method. The variety of techniques that can be used in this process is limited only by the imagination and curiosity of the artist.

1 comment:

V said...

Hi Bill,

I just love your Art! And the wrstling part, how true is that.

Hugs from Tacoma,