Digitally Printed Tableware Prototypes
These prototypes by Steve Brown are results of the AHRC funded research project: Extending the Potential for the Digitally Printed Ceramic Surface (project team: Professor Martin Smith, Dr Steve Brown and Dr Peter Oakley).
The laser printing technology which Brown and the project team have been working with has existed for a number of years, but is still in its infancy. The key to its use has been the development of specialist ceramic enamel toners by MZTT in Germany, and the development of the bureaux model of production by DCS in Stoke-on-Trent.
The two main innovations that the research made have been to take this closed system technology apart and think about using it from a printmaker’s perspective. The project then considered the potential that the technology has for the production of decorated tableware in a commercial context.
The research explored a large number of the newly available ranges of toners in novel combinations, developing design, reprographic and production methods that allow amongst other things: the creation of a greater intensity in colour, the registration of prints between laser printers containing differing toners, registration for hybrid screen/laser printing and the development of a new visual territory previously unseen in the context of decorative tableware production.
Outcomes from the research have included an exhibition at the British Ceramics Biennial (26 September – 8 November 2015), a presentation at the Ceramics and New Technologies Symposium ( Holburne Museum, Bath, UK, 26 February 2016) and publication of a paper presented at the IMPACT 9 International Printmaking Conference (Hangzhou: China Academy of Art Press, 2015, 301–7).