Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Alison Howell

KTP Associate

Alison Howell joins the Centre for Fine Print Research in June 2015 to work on a 24 month knowledge transfer project with Burleigh Pottery to apply UWE’s pioneering academic research to Burleigh's underglazed tissue printing production to embed an innovative process combining digital technology and traditional craft skills and develop new opportunities for economic growth.

The KTP will be mainly based at Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, where Burleighware is produced by Burgess and Leigh Ltd, which was acquired by Denby Holdings Ltd in 2010. Underglaze tissue printing is a printing process first developed for the ceramic industry in the 1780s, where engraved or etched copper plates print tissue with cobalt blue oxides. Burleigh is the only pottery producer in the world that still uses this process commercially. The company aims to continue the Burleigh tradition of producing fine quality, English earthenware products using underglaze tissue printing. This project will introduce a method of creating the printing rollers and plates using digital technology and laser engraved rollers, previously developed to proof of concept through an AHRC-funded project awarded to Professor Stephen Hoskins and David Huson.

Alison graduated from Staffordshire University with BA and MA degrees in Ceramic Design. She has been working as the Studio Manager for the British Ceramics Biennial held in Stoke since 2013 and is a part-time lecturer at Staffordshire University, she is also a ceramic artist and has exhibited widely.