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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. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)


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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Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 14:16
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 13:30


Author: Kathryn Wightman

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