Thursday, 14 March 2013
|Transfer tissue being printed|
|Cow creamers with transfers pressed into place|
|Cups, ready to be brushed with soap|
|A conveyor transports the wares to be washed, prior to firing.|
After some initial tests here at the CFPR, I realised that I needed some lessons on the art of transferring. I spent a couple of days with the lovely ladies in the transfer room at Burleigh, learning lots of tricks and tips - a teacup was even sacrificed for me to practice on. Unfortunately, it didn't make it on to the conveyor belt as it failed the first quality inspection! I was praised for my efforts, not too bad for a beginner.
It was great to spend some time there- looking around the factory, getting a good look at the presses and some proper northern banter from the workers!
I've now got plenty to be getting on with and hope to have made a good amount of progress on both plates and ink before my next visit.
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
I thought I'd start this blog by posting a few photo's from my first month here. I've been finding my feet - learning very basic ceramics, trawling through old books for info on the transfer process and setting up the wee workshop. I've made some ink, printed some transfers and fired some simple tiles which we then took to show the folks at Burleigh. They kindly let me borrow a beautiful, old hand engraved copper plate which I've been proofing. I'll then work with this image digitally and have a flexo plate produced so that I can compare results from both plates.
|The workshop, complete with fancy press and pretty worktops|
|A close up of the engraved copper plate (with chrome facing) from Burleigh|
|Transferring a printed image|
Here's a short video that The Guardian posted recently, showing the transfer room at Burleigh. You'll see the tissue being printed, hung on lines and passed around the room on pulleys. They are then trimmed down to size and pressed onto the wares, ready to be glazed and fired.