I have been spending the last few days working on methods to transfer images printed on waterslide paper directly onto leather hard and bisque fired clay. Making decals of them first is unreliable and I am afraid that direct transfer, even using transparent underglaze isn't proving to be any better. But I think I will keep trying for a bit yet.
Sandra Marshall and Hilde Lambrechts visited Alpine Clayworks this morning and I showed them how I have been making decals with my laser printer that can be fired onto glazed pots.
Afterwards we agreed that it would be a good idea for me to offer workshops on this.
I will work up a workshop description for Sandra to share with Guild members to see if there is an interest.
After fiddling with the thoroughly dried extruded bowls I had the idea of adding sprig fishes to them. This is what one of them now looks like.
Last weekend I decided to make candle holders out of a few extruded octagonal cylinders I had made during the week. I haven't decided how to glaze them yet but agree with Joan that an organic feel would be appropriate.
These are photos of the test application of HP laser printer decals applied to all the NVAC glazes (except Randy's Red which doesn't work well) ...trust me.
Note that some glazes have changed colour (compare the first image with glaze labels to the second) due to the cone 06 firing that was done to adhere the decals to the glaze.
Also, notice how, on most bluish glazes the decal looks black instead of a sepia coloured.
These test extrusions have been fired wth decals in preparation for the workshop 'Electronic Imagery on Clay' :
Full description and registration is at :http://ottawa.ca/en/liveculture/workshops-arts-centres