The development and application of creative printmaking processes for the decoration of blown glass.
Wightman, Kathryn (2011) The development and application of creative printmaking processes for the decoration of blown glass. PhD thesis, University of Sunderland.
Embedding screenprinted transfers is one of several processes that can be used by artists as a means of expression to decorate blown glass forms. When screenprinted transfers are embedded into layers of glass and inflated, the imagery can be affected by a number of factors that limit the process. These limitations can include stretching and distortion of imagery, loss of density resulting in faded imagery and loss of clarity and detail of the imagery. Compatibility issues can also result in the artwork cracking. These limitations can result in the artworks being deemed unfit for their purpose, particularly when created for exhibition. This research addressed these limitations through the development of seven print inspired glass processes that alleviated or improved the limitations and provided alternative decorative processes to the use of printed transfers. This was achieved using a multi-method practice led research methodology approached from the perspective of a professional glass artist. To substantiate the research, several bodies of artwork were produced that developed and demonstrated the practicality and creative potential of the creative print inspired glass processes and extended the repertoire of visual effects that can be achieved when decorating blown glass forms. Throughout the research the print inspired glass processes were assessed for decorative qualities as well as the practicality of each process. To contribute to the limited technical knowledge currently available on the process of combining glass and print for the decoration of blown glass forms, the contextual review consolidated existing information. Technical guides relating to the seven print inspired glassmaking processes were formulated as part of the research.
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