Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  CPD wideformat course

Water-based Screen Printing and Ceramic Transfer

led by: Dave Fortune



This summer school will be a hands-on intensive week of non-toxic screenprinting for transfer to ceramics. Using fine meshes and sensitive direct stencils, delicate hand rendered marks can be achieved on paper and ceramics. Mark making techniques on textured drawing film are prominently featured throughout the week and we will be producing some computer generated imagery using Apple Macintosh computers and Adobe Photoshop® CS. This will include monochrome, duo-tone and colour separations output on to affordable laser film. Your images will be transferred onto UWET Transfer Paper. This innovative process has been researched by staff at UWE and is a patented method of producing safe and healthy waterbased screenprinted ceramics transfers.

Once your images are transfered onto the ceramic pieces they will be fired in a kiln. White china mugs and tiles are supplied, although participants are welcome to bring their own ceramic pieces to transfer images onto.

Delegates will need some basic understanding of screen print techniques and it will be useful if you have previously used Adobe Photoshop. Full technical support will be supplied throughout the week.

Course Tutor:
Dave Fortune is a Master Serigrapher and has worked at UWE for many years managing the water-based screen printing department at The Department of Creative Industries in Bristol. He also regularly organises and runs workshops and summer schools in the UK and internationally. Dave has recently returned from the US where he lectured at Montclair University, The Pratt Institute, Parsons; The New School for Design and The Chicago Print Collaborative.

The facilities:
The screen printing studio in the print centre is a non-toxic area. The process is water-based and you will use the Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylics with additives. By using fine meshes and textured drawing films, incredible detail can be achieved on various substrates.

A selection of hand-rendered marks can be produced using soft graphite, soft pencils, chinagraph crayons, litho crayons and drawing inks, etc. The direct screen coatings, when dry, become very sensitive stencils and when exposed to ultra-violet light and washed out, show an incredible range of litho-like textures. We can also print fine photographic images using film positives output on to clear laser film.

Four-colour separations, duotones, tritones or monotones can be printed on different substrates. Screen mono techniques can also be explored using Daler Rowney System 3 acrylics, watercolours and pastels.
Feedback from last year’s course:

'The best aspect was learning how to use U-Wet, learning how to make 4 colour separations and creating that in a transfer'

'It was great to practice screenprint and monoprint meet new people and make use of the facilities'