Israel Davis: Digital Printing on Clay Workshop and Lecture

Israel Davis will present a workshop and demonstration of image transfer onto clay, Thursday, January 28, in the ceramics area, Bureau of Mines Building #5, on UA campus. On Friday, January 29, at 10:00 a.m., Davis will talk about the process and his own work in 308 Garland Hall. The public is invited to both events.

Israel Davis, "Hayden Davis Dreams Dreaming," mid-range slip-cast porcelain slab, hand-built digitally generated image, screen-print with underglazes, rebar tie wire, wood. describing Davis’ process of transfer a digital image onto clay, ceramics professor Matt Mitros noted that Davis creates an image using photoshop and other digital programs, makes a screen print and then transfers that image onto clay using slip, a suspension of clay in water. In the Thursday workshop, Davis will demonstrate his digital image creation technique, the screen printing on clay process and pressure casting. On Friday, Davis will speak about his own work at 10 a.m. and then continue with with workshop demonstrations. On both days in the afternoon, Davis will oversee UA art student art projects as well as visit graduate student studios to look at student art work.

Workshop participants listen in as Israel Davis explains direct screen printing on clay slabs and newsprint transferIsrael Davis is assistant professor of sculpture and functional art and ceramics area coordinator at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received the MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. He exhibits work across the country and has taught workshops both nationally and internationally: at the European Ceramic Work Center in Oesterwijk, Netherlands; at the University of Kansas; and at Ceramica Artistica Prospettiva in Trieste, Italy, which he founded. For more than a decade, Davis has taught intensive courses at Ox-Bow School of Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and for the last four years at Penland School of Crafts. His website is

Israel Davis’ demonstration workshop and lecture is supported by the Israel Davis demonstration in BOM #5, Jan. 28, 2016.

Image credit above right: Hayden Davis Dreams Dreaming, mid-range slip-cast porcelain slab, hand-built digitally generated image, screen-print with underglazes, rebar tie wire, wood, 8 x 12 x 9 inches, 2013. Other images courtesy Matt Mitros.

Israel Davis demonstration in BOM #5