Help For Modern Clay Artists

Arts & Crafts

The process of using lithographs for pottery decoration was invented just over 250 years ago in France. It involves making one copy of the art and then transferring it to multiple pieces with the use of transfer paper.

Today, many artists who work in clay do it as a hobby for their own pleasure. It takes an investment of time and energy to make beautiful pieces of art. For those who are ambitious, making a set of dishware or multiple pieces with matching decorations may be difficult. Using ceramic decals or ceramic transfers may be the answer for these artists.

The process of using lithographs for pottery decoration was invented just over 250 years ago in France. It involves making one copy of the art and then transferring it to multiple pieces with the use of transfer paper. This technique allows the artist to spend a great amount of time making only one copy of their art. They can take the time to perfect their vision and place the same art on each piece for matching sets. It reduces the long hours of hand decorating and assures the artist their design will stay true throughout the process.

With the use of computers, lithographs have made it much easier for artists to use this technique on pottery. Once a design has been completed it can be scanned into a computer and printed as many times as necessary for a complete set of art. Best of all, the size of the design can be made larger or smaller according to the needs of the artist.

Hobbyists who work in clay now have a way to reduce the time it takes to produce matching sets of dishes or clay pieces without the painstaking labor of hand painting each piece. Modern printing processes allow for multiple colors and more intricate designs to be made once and reproduced for all their pieces.