As civilizations advance and new materials or tools are discovered, artists utilize the possibilities of new techniques to decorate both functional and sculptural works. Each and every technique employed yields a distinct surface in response to the process and the intention. If we investigate only image and design transfer techniques alone, we find more than thirty techniques that can be used on green ware, bisque ware, and glaze ware. The possibilities for discovering new alternative ways to create transfer images and designs on ceramic surfaces expands further, as we employ screen printing, sponge printing; stamped, linocuts and other printmaking techniques.
As the computer age advances at exponential rates, artists are finding new ways to creatively utilize these tools. In this article, we will briefly discuss the ceramics print and inkjet technology, and the use of the computer as a tool for designing images. We also explain the process of alternative printing with dip transfer techniques ‘Dip Transfer’ (Desktop Inkjet Printer Transfer)
Today’s widespread usage of the computer gives many artists and designers even more opportunities to create more effective and expressive digital drawings, design and images. Recent developments in technology and the digital era affect the ceramic industry and art in many ways. Printing on a ceramic surface is increasingly rewarding with the wide range of techniques currently available to makers. They provide artists with new and exciting opportunities for expression on a ceramic surface, building upon the work already being done by artists and designers using digital printmaking techniques in the pottery and ceramic industries.
… there is hope with the latest innovations and advancements in technology ... the 'Dip Technique' is also a cost effective alternative for individual artists.