Volumetric Image Transfer with Forrest Lesch-Middelton

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Forrest Lesch-Middelton demonstrates the techniques he developed for transferring pattern and imagery onto the exteriors and interiors of volumetric wheel-thrown pottery. Forrest works from the ground up, first giving a thorough overview of his screen-printing process. In addition to demonstrating the process, he explains how one can explore this technique without having to purchase expensive equipment and materials. Next, he moves onto integrating screen-printed imagery with wheel-thrown work. Starting with cylinder-based objects, he moves onto open forms such as bowls, and finally shows how to apply pattern onto the interiors of pots.

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Forrest Lesch-Middelton

About the Artist

Forrest Lesch-Middelton holds a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and an MFA from Utah State University. He has been an artist-in-residence at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts and the Mendocino Arts Center, in addition to being a guest potter at Orcas Island Pottery in Washington state. In 2006, Forrest moved to northern California, where he became the director of the ceramics program and started an artist-in-residence program at the Sonoma Community Center. Recently, he launched a line of tile called Origins Tile. To learn more about him, please visit


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