Printing on clay: Artist Jennifer Quarles

Of late, artists have started to combine the centuries-old printmaking techniques with the millenia-old ceramic traditions to create an intriguing hybrid medium.

As part of Print Austin 2015, “Print-Fired: An Exhibition Featuring Printmaking Techniques in Clay,” continues through Feb. 27 at E4 Gallery, 3307 E. 4th St. next to Armadillo Clayworks.

Jennifer Quarles, "You Like This."
Jennifer Quarles, “You Like This.”

Among the artists features is Jennifer Quarles who uses stencils and screenprints images onto her whimsical and irreverent clayworks that make plenty of good-natured comment on our digital (and non-tactile) world.

Quarles, who is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, takes about her creative process and artist practice in this video by American-Statesman videographer Reshma Kirpalani.

In conjunction with “Print-Fired” there will be free demonstrations of clay printing techniques every Sunday in February from noon to 2 p.m.

Quarles will give the demo Feb. 27, showing how she applies images and text to the surfaces of her ceramic work using a mixture of stenciling and screenprinting techniques.

More info here:

Jennifer Quarles, "Hello World."
Jennifer Quarles, “Hello World.”

See more of Quarles art work at:


Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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