Orchestrating Color: Clay Printing with Mitch Lyons

Orchestrating Color: Clay Printing with Mitch Lyons

Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 10AM-4PM

$120/110 Member


if you are going to be taking both of Mitch Lyon's classes you get a discounted price (you will need to register for the other class separately). This will give you a $10 discount on each class.

$110/90 Member

Mitch will teach you how to do clay printing with his incredibly unique printing method.  He will demonstrate layering organic pigments and other color using ceramic decorative techniques. He brushes on colored slips, pours on pigments, uses stencils, as well as uses other traditional and non-traditional tools to create texture and other details.  The product will be a 2-D print on paper or canvas. He will be showing how to use a clay slab in order to print so it will be a combination of both ceramics and printing, using clay to create a 2D monoprint. 


About Mitch's clay printing:

 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".

 Artist's Bio

Mitch attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia receiving his BFA in Graphics. Between his Junior/Senior years he was employed as a night watchman at the school. During that summer, in the middle of the night, he taught himself to throw on the potters wheel, and became completely immersed in clay. After a couple of years teaching high school he applied and was accepted as a graduate student in Ceramics at Tyler School of Art. It was there that he first got the idea of combining his two interests, printmaking with clay.

 After 12 years of experimenting with various papers, pigments and different clay bodies [1968-1980] he finally felt his efforts were paying off.  So in September of 1980 he rolled out his large slab of clay and has been printing from that slab since.

 His Clay Monoprints can be found in many museums, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum, and the Noyse Museum as well as many private and public collections.