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Today I would like to share with you this amazing video about Heidi Harrington published by the Crafts Council. Lately, I have been looking at screen-printing on ceramics with a lot of interest and this is a captivating example of what can be done with direct printing techniques.
First, Heidi prints with black pigments on a very thick slab of clay; then, these are formed into bowls. I really like how the unrefined dishes become so neat after being shaped on the wheel. This 2D to 3D process is truly fascinating.
But most of all, through this technique, the print is altered: when it is transformed into a 3D piece, the image is stretched and distorted, and the clay itself, being compressed will sometimes show some cracks. But Heidi Harrington doesn't try to conceal these irregularities, they are part of the final piece and testify to this manual process. So even though these bowls look exactly the same from a distance, all these modulations make each piece unique.