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Clay Resist and Indigo Printing Online

June 3 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

$342.00 – $352.00


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Clay Resist and Indigo Printing Registration: Kit Pick-up
General workshop registration with class kit available for pick-up from Pyramid Atlantic.
$ 342.00
7 available

A 4-Day Online Workshop!

Fridays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24, 4pm-7pm ET via Zoom

About this Workshop:

Discover how to make and use a clay-resist paste to print and paint with it on fabric, and then overdye the work with organic indigo. In our multi-day workshop you’ll learn how to mix the non-toxic clay-resist paste and the various, inventive methods of applying it. This will include block printing, screenprinting, stenciling, and direct painting. Then you’ll build on those skills by learning how to make and maintain a vat of organic, fructose indigo, and the techniques for dyeing. Building layers of pattern and imagery with additional resist, your experimentations will create varying shades of beautiful indigo blue. 

At the end of class, each student will leave with their samples, recipes, and trade secrets to continue developing these techniques at home. 

This workshop includes a kit that will provide all of the necessary ingredients for the resist and indigo vat: Pre-measured Clay (Kaolin + Bentonite), Gum Arabic powder, Sodium Alginate powder, Epsom salt, Indigo, Fructose, Calcium Hydroxide, as well as craft foam and cardboard. Select whether you will pick-up your kit or prefer to have it shipped when registering.

Level: All levels welcome – no previous experience necessary

Registration closes May 19, 2022 for kit shipping orders and May 25, 2022 for kit pick-up orders. With your registration confirmation you’ll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to gather/purchase your additional items, any initial handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page “how-to” guide to using the Zoom video app.

Sample images by Gretchen Schermerhorn


Please Note: The online session will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic’s private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded. Access to the recording(s) will be made available to all participants for a limited time.


Registration includes a $40 materials fee ($50 for shipping orders) to cover the safe handling and packaging of the class materials kit (see list in the class description for details). Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • Fabric-cotton, silk, linen, etc. Clean and ironed – needs to be as smooth as possible
  • 5-gallon bucket 
  • Wooden spoon or dowel
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Disposable gloves
  • Access to water 
  • Blender or emulsion mixer
  • Quart container with lid
  • Paint brush (flat 1” or similar) and other various sizes
  • Apron
  • 64oz Wide Mouth Mason Jar
  • 1 High density foam paint roller 


Optional supplies

  • Screen (low mesh count, 150 or below) – examples
  • Squeegee (should fit inside your screen) 
  • Stencils 
  • Access to a water hose very helpful, but not necessary


Gretchen Schermerhorn is a printmaker and hand papermaker and currently serves as Artistic Director at Pyramid Atlantic. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University, and since then has completed artist residencies at The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Seacourt Print Workshop in Northern Ireland, California State University and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Florida. Her prints, installations, and works on paper works have been exhibited around the country and internationally, and her work is part of the Montgomery County Public Art Trust, Anne Arundel Community College’s print collection, and the Janet Turner Print Collection. You can learn more about her work at www.gretchenschermerhorn.com.



“The chance to experiment under Gretchen’s watchful, supportive eye was very valuable.”

—Previous Workshop Attendee

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