Paul is well known for his research into ceramics and print. His
book Ceramics and Print first published in 1994 by A&C Black was the first to examine the synthesis of print and clay. It explores
basic concepts and methodologies involved as well as highlighting thought provoking work by leading artists in the field. He has recently re-written the whole text to make it fit for the twenty-first century with all new images.
'Some complained that the earlier editions of Ceramics and Print gave a tantalising glimpse of what was possible but didn’t give the exact route to follow to get the results, they did not give the specificity that other texts offer. This was (and is) quite deliberate. If you want a book which takes you by the hand and instructs you step by step through a series of prescribed processes, using specific materials (types of clay, brands of products), this is probably not the one you are looking for. If, however, you want to understand the synthesis of ceramics and print so that you have the confidence to experiment with materials, developing your own personalised effective processes, this is for you. My purpose is always to describe the basic, illustrate the possible, with the intent of engendering exploration and innovation.
Most of the techniques outlined in the original book are included in this edition, as well as many completely new developments and adaptations. The text has been re-written to help build knowledge from basic transfer concepts to develop material understanding. It also reflects the nature and emphasis of contemporary practice more accurately. Images in the text have been selected to highlight thought-provoking work alongside the illustrative. For this edition, choosing images was one of the hardest tasks; I have had to edit out many excellent artworks because of lack of space.'
Ceramics and Print the Third Edition was published in December 2012, by Bloomsbury and UPP.
What they said about earlier editions...
The recognition of print techniques as an integral part of current
studio practice is largely due to Scott’s campaigning. Ceramics
in Society magazine No 37 1999, p 6.
A valuable addition to the technical literature on Ceramic Art
Review of Ceramics and Print for University of Pennsylvannia Press
The fundamental strength of Scott’s book lies in the detail
and diversity of current print possibilities.... A welcome addition
to the potters library. Emmanuel Cooper, Crafts Magazine May/June
For the printmaker, the book offers a rich potential for developing
the 3D print and facilitates the popular trend for the one off
print. Review, Printmaking Today Vol 4, No1 1995.
Paul Scott’s Ceramics and Print (A&C Black 1994) has
been a significant manual and Scott an important figure in giving
new credibility and forcefulness to the ceramist exploring the
printed image - Ceramic Review 188 March/April 2001 P39.
A seminal text within its field, the revised and extended version
of Ceramics and Print builds further upon the ground-breaking precedent
it set down upon its initial publication. Originally demonstrating
the use of paper, clay and printing within studio ceramics, Scott
now embraces the information age that is the 21stC, detailing the
most recent technological developments in this stimulating area,
covering photocopiers, laser decals, flexography and digital techniques
within ceramics today. Incorporating a number of high resolution
images selected from old and new methods, Scott re-situates the
area of ceramics within contemporary culture
Ceramics in Society review of 'Ceramics and Print'
The book is widely available from usual suppliers
also in Spanish,
(Gustavo Gili ISBN 84 252 1707 5: )
and German (Haupt Verlag ISBN
3 258 06263 3)
links to artists working with print and ceramics.
Les Lawrence’s Museum
of Print and Clay is an old site which
grew out of a presentation he and I made to NCECA in Columbus Ohio
in 1999. It has many outdated links… but lot of stuff is still
of interest and useful too....
The links to supplier sites have developed from information sheets given out
after Vitrified Print workshops…. It is simply intended to help to connect
artists to possible sources of materials. A link does not imply endorsement or
recommendation. If you find any outdated links, or if you have experience of
alternative suppliers - please let me know. If you want to know more about the techniques and processes mentoned below, see Ceramics and Print or the other books by Kevin Petrie and Paul Wandless.
The decal papers listed on the above web pages were originally developed for use in colour laser/photocopiers for industrial mock-up/design purposes. Prints from conventional colour printers are not suitable for firing as the laser toner burns away. However in some circumstances the papers can be used in monocopiers or laser printers, which have iron rich toner suitable for firing... However you must check suitability
before use, especially if its someone else's machine! Preferably use in a printer/copier which has just been turned on, as this lessens the chance of the decal melting and sticking to the fusing unit. These pre-coated papers can also be used
with acrylic Ink (acrylic printing paste plus acrylic glaze) for water-based