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Clay Monoprinting with Mitch Lyons

  • Syzergy 106 North Bullard Street Silver City, NM, 88061 United States (map)

Clay Monoprint Workshop

Student will learn to make Clay Monoprints from their own wet slab of clay. Mitch will demonstrate during the workshop various techniques, i.e. slip trailing, stenciling, and mark making onto/into the slab to prepare for the printing.

Dampened substrate is placed over the slab and rolled with a wooden rolling pin. A thin layer of clay is "printed" onto the surface. Many mono prints can be pulled without recharging the matrix.

Get ready to use clay in a very different way.

$95 + materials fee        Class size limited to 10

About Clay Monotypes

Since 1968 he has been pioneering his image making from a slab of clay. First a slab of stoneware clay is rolled out about 1/4" thick. After allowing the slab to dry to a "leather hard" consistency, colored slips are made using China clay and permanent pigments. These colored slips are brushed on, dried and rolled into the clay slab, one color over another, building the design with images, colors and textures on the "matrix".

Once the slab is rolled flat, a moistened piece of paper/canvass is placed over the slab. Pressure is applied using a rolling pin to transfer the clay slips onto the substrate. Because China clay is inert and the pigments used are permanent and stable, the clays remain intact and will give pleasure for many years.

About Mitch Lyons, Instructor

Mitch Lyons earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art, and his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphics from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  His clay monoprints can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Woodmere Museum, American University and the University of Delaware.

Lyons has had exhibitions of his work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; the Noyes Museum, New Jersey; Kalmar Lans Museum, Kalmar, Sweden; and the Vonderau Museum, Fulda, Germany.  He is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts visual arts grant.  He has taught at West Chester University, Moore College of Art, Rowan University, Alfred University, and the University of Delaware.  In the past ten years he has led over 100 workshops. 

Syzygy Tile is a timeless sophisticated and distinctive line of handmade ceramic tile produced in America. Dedicated artisans work to produce innovative design for a truly hand made, aesthetically pleasing product that is durable, environmentally safe and benefits the local community artistically, economically and environmentally.

Syzygy Tile is a timeless sophisticated and distinctive line of handmade ceramic tile produced in America. Dedicated artisans work to produce innovative design for a truly hand made, aesthetically pleasing product that is durable, environmentally safe and benefits the local community artistically, economically and environmentally.

 

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