What is a Clay Monotype?
A Clay Monotype is an original print pulled from a slab of wet clay.
In my quest to make two dimensional art with clay, I discovered clay monotypes, training with Mitch Lyons, the internationally known artist for pioneering the process.
First, a slab of red stoneware clay is rolled ¼” thick, and placed in a plywood frame to keep the clay from spreading. Colored slips (liquid clay) are then mixed using China Clay, water and permanent pigments. Slips are then applied onto the slab in many layers, building the design with various shapes, colors and textures with a variety of tools and techniques. When the image is completed, a woven polyester fabric is placed on top of the slab. Pressure is applied with a roller to transfer the image onto the fabric. When the fabric is lifted, the image has been “pulled” onto the fabric. Because China Clay is inert and the pigments used are permanent and stable, the colored clay image remains intact. For added protection, a clear sealant is applied over the print.
These are my latest clay monotypes. –Linda Maxson