Hot of the Press III
International Print Symposium
9th - 30th September, 2008

Antal Andas


The work of Antal András uses a variety of direct printing techniques into soft clay. His process involves drawing and sketching from source material, usually landscape in origin, transferring the drawn image to lino blocks and impressing the surface of his work with the image. The result is then painted using several glazes before raku firing. The plates and sculptures he produces using this technique are fine and precise, with the etched images creating a drawn filigree of intricate lines.

"Andras notices (discerns/beholds) all the points of interest, all the salient moments of life, often much better than those actually undergoing the experience. It is he to whom the ballads have been written – he understands them; it is he to whom the folksongs are sung – he loves them. It is with raging anger and curses cried out loud that he rejects and is fighting against the destruction of the old and the beautiful – that is to say the good, the true value. His eyes explore short-lived wonders and passing miracles in the things, and with his tool of vital importance, with his camera, he renders those wonders immortal (he lends immortality to those wonders). He captures the timeless beauty of a gate, a wall, a landscape, the weariness of age on a face, the stone cross by the road – the eternal in anything that is mortal or perishable." - Janos Probstner from article in Ceramics Art and Perception.

The intricate designs on his plates and panels are developed from series of small drawings in his vast collection of sketchbooks. The selected images are usually re-drawn and enlarged on photocopiers before tracing onto sheets of linoleum. The images and linear elements are carved into the linoleum surface with small gouges in the same way as a printmaker cuts his image into a lino-block. The image is then pressed into soft, hand-rolled clay sheets. Following fast bisque firing to 1000c the impressed clay surfaces are glazed in areas creating contrasting areas of colour and smoked, unglazed graphic lines.

Alongside his portraits and larger graphic works, he also produces smaller tiles in series which are then assembled and arranged into juxtaposed designs, creating new and complex patterns.

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Andras is a studio artist, living and working in the village of Alsótold, Northern Hungary.  He studied decorative painting at the Budapest Secondary School of Fine and Applied Arts in 1968. After gaining his Dipolma as a Ceramic Designer at the Hungarian Academy of Craft and Design he worked for many years for the Ceramic factory in Romhány. Since 1984 he has been a freelance artist creating his works often to commission.

His finely executed decorative plates are all fired using the raku technique, for which the artist has developed and built his own style of small, horizontal, sliding roof electric kilns.

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