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printing and handbuilding in the clay studio: 11 August 2019

I’ve been busy in the clay studio. It’s been a learning curve, but I have figured out the technique to transfer designs onto pots.

bees and flower design
shelf with bird and bee designs-ready for the kiln

Now that I know what I’m doing I started a new design for rice paper transfers. The theme is Trees and houses.

positive of the design

Today’s burn didn’t work out like I had hoped, but I have another screen ready, and will try again tomorrow

Using solar power to expose the design onto the screen

now it’s time for a new color: Electric Blue!!

Electric Blue Underglaze…drying to screen print consistency

I love surface decoration. One of my favorite forms is the rectangle or oval. It’s almost like a canvas for a traditional painting. Today I handbuilt a small oval plate.

painting white slip on an oval plate

And I love my critters! Spent some time working on new ones:

clay cat
clay cow
clay dog
another clay dog!

Stay tuned to see the progress!

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Printmaking at the Log Cabin Print shop 10 August 2019

I surprise myself all the time. I never thought I’d ever make functional pottery again, but I think it’s safe to say I’m obsessed! For the last couple of weeks, it’s all I’ve been thinking about.

Today is printmaking day at the Log Cabin Print Shop. I have my design more or less carved and ready to print. What do you think?

Ready to print!
The first proof
The finished linocut
Today’s printing session

We didn’t print as much as some saturdays, but we had wonderful company, and a chance to introduce two really good friends to each other. And of course, when I’m having fun, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of us all having fun! See you all next Saturday!

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Printmaking At The Log Cabin Print Shop 5-27-19

Arnold Pennington

Today at the print shop we had a surprise visit from, Hillsboro, Ohio printmaker, Arnold Pennington! We enjoyed looking through his portfolio, and showing him the studio. He’s busy without a lot of free time, but hopefully will be able to come back and print soon!

Today, we printed this linocut notecard of tomatoes in a mason jar

it was inspired by last week’s linocut: Yes We Can

Thanks everyone for coming to print and watch…See you next Saturday!

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Print day at the log cabin print shop 13 july 2019

Its saturday, which means, its print day at the log cabin print shop. The studio will be open to the public, with free tours and studio use from noon-5pm

Folk art style linocut of a family of pigs in the mud
My goal is to print this linocut today: a family of pigs in mud. Because when im in the printshop, im as happy as a pig in mud (also about as messy too!) This print is bigger: 8×10″ .

I have 2 new linocuts to print, and 2 groups of artists are scheduled to print, so there will be lots of activity today!

Folk art style printmaking linocut of 2 bunnies sharing a carrot
4 1/2 x 6″ (notecard size) linocut of one of my favorite themes: sharing is caring.

12:10 Dustin Cecil just got back from a week long printmaking workshop at the John C. Campbell folk school.

Dustin showing new monotypes and drypoint etchings
An experiment…gluing paper to our clothespin hangers
This *should* keep us from denting our paper when hanging
The “sharing is caring” inked and ready to print
Ken using the little cast iron press
Sharing is caring – bunnies 5×7″ notecard on acid free recycled card stock
Color 1 of Dustin’s reduction linocut
Going through the press!
The new hangers doing their thing!
Inking the pig family blocks
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Reduction Printmaking With John Painter

My friend John came to visit. We are both artists, and spent most of the visit making prints. We made reduction linocuts: a technique where we use the same block for more than one color. We start with the lightest color, print it, then cut the block to design the second color. If all goes well, and we line the blocks correct, we have a beautiful 2 color design. These are particularly unique because; once we switch colors, it’s impossible to print that color’s design ever again. Limited edition!

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I don’t take photos on the best days at the print shop

Have you ever been so engaged enjoying a moment that you forgot to take your camera out to ‘document’ the experience? That’s what happened this Saturday at the Log Cabin Print Shop!

Rachel Bollman printing with the old time cast iron press

I love it when it happens, but wish I had more pictures to share the day after.

Alycia and Dustin printing with the big Wood Foose press

We had a full house with 4 people cranking art through both of our presses!

inking linocuts

Ripley, OH artist, Rachel Bollman crossed the river to print with us.

Rachel Bollman

From Carter County, KY artist, Dustin Cecil

Dustin Cecil

brought his artist friends Alycia (the geography lady)and Blake from Philidelphia

Blake and Alycia

Thanks everyone for printing with us at yhe log cabin, we had a great time!

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New greeting card-beehive

Good morning!!! Thanks everyone for coming out last night for final friday.
Today, im printing at the log cabin print shop from noon-5pm.

While doing my morning porchsitting/birdwatching, i started this design for a new greeting card.


I was born in Utah, the beehive state. During my formative years as a young artist in kentucky, Luciano Moral , and the original beehive tavern in augusta were a big support and influence of my work.I have a few friends who are beekeepers, and i am learning about how important our pollinators are. This tuesday, there will be a talk about pollinators at the caza sikes gallery…part of Ursula Roma s wonderful mind gardens art exhibit.

I dont always draw with an ipad, but one advantage is that it doubles as a lightbox, and makes it easier to trace my design for flipping and transferring to the block
UPDATE i have not carved as fast as i could, because some of the nicest people came to visit! I did just finish my first bee.its the cutest little thing. I put a pushpen in the photo to give you a sense of scale

Keep watching this post for updates on the print. Or stop by. Ill be printing from noon-5pm.

UPDATE this is all i was able to carve today. Might come back to the studio and finish tomorrow. Thanks everyone for stopping by!
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Honey bear

Its open print day at the log cabin print shop. You are all welcome to visit and make prints with m3 from noon until 5pm. Today im carving this honeybear. Hopefully in time to print it too!

Finished carving the bees and blossoms…now time to carve the bear!
Finished carving. Time for ink!

Stay tuned for updates!

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open print day at the log cabin print shop

photo by Jim Turner

Every Saturday the Log Cabin Print shop in Old Washington, KY is open to the public.

artists Ken Swinson and Chuck and Kennedy Moore
photo by Dustin Cecil

Last week we had a great turnout: Cinci photographer, Chuck Moore came with his daughter, Kennedy.

ken swinson with artist kennedy moore
photo by Chuck Moore

Carter county multi media artist, Dustin Cecil, came to print on all sorts of different surfaces; paper, fabric, vinyl, boxer shorts, etc

We even had a couple of suprise guest artists, our neighbors; Deb and Fred from Virginia!!!

photo by Chuck Moore

We love it when photographers come to visit.

photo by Chuck Moore

I’m usually too busy working with ink to to take any good photos, thanks to Chuck, we have some great images to remember the weekend. Thanks Chuck!

photo by Chuck Moore

You can follow more of his work on the instagram: Chuck Moore

and remember, if traditional printmaking looks like something you would like to do, you are welcome to stop by for a visit. The studio is free and open to the public every Saturday from noon-5pm