Beyond Blue was a One day symposium at Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Education Centre - the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Thursday 23 January 2014

Charlotte Hodes and Paul Scott were awarded funding by Arts Council England for research into the Spode Copper Plate Archive. Hodes and Scott are leading contemporary artists who have long associations with the now extant Copeland/Spode company. Both explore the language of printed decorative ceramics in their artwork and both have work in prominent public collections including the Potteries Museum and V&A in London.

The symposium brought together leading academic researchers, industry experts and artists to discuss underglaze tissue ceramic printing. Professor Stephen Hoskins and David Huson received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a project in collaboration with Burleigh Pottery, ‘Combining Digital Print Technologies with 18th century Under-glaze Ceramic Printing to retain an Industrial Heritage Process’. They have undertaken research on traditional copperplate engraving techniques combined with flexographic plate printing to create new methods of digitally engraved rollers.

The project aims to revive and modernise these methods, making them commercially viable whilst retaining the original hand-engraved attributes. Hoskins and Huson have worked with Burleigh to explore how the lengthy and prohibitively expensive process of hand copper-plate and roller engraving can be circumvented by techniques developed by the project to use digital technology to capture traditional designs and by creating new photo-polymeric plates for intaglio printing.

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