The Collotype Database
Thirkell, P. (2006) The Collotype Database. (2006 version) [Dataset]
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Publisher's URL: http://collotype.uwe.ac.uk
The database was created as a result of demand from the international collotype community. There are only three commercial companies using the process in the world and academics, as part of the Association of European Historic Printing Museums, were concerned that extant information would be lost. The database is the result of two large AHRC research grants: An investigation into what constitutes a reproduction in the 20th Century, through the 19th Century collotype process (parts 1 and 2). The database consists of 567 historic articles relating to the collotype process; 55 biographies, 131 reference articles, 91 descriptions of the process which have been gathered from both extant and verbal sources, plus 34 formulae for printing collotype, many previously unpublished. Also included are photographic demonstrations and descriptions of three of the four remaining collotype studios in the world. The database was created as no other coherent information existed and is currently the largest source of collotype related material available worldwide. A collotype ink was created by Thirkell to enable the process to continue commercially with the ink company Cranfield Colours as a result of a TCS with UWE. The research has led to a third large grant from the AHRC; A Practical Reappraisal of Continuous Tone Photo-relief Printing for Ceramics and Alternative Substrates. The outcome was an exhibition in 2004, Altered Images, Digital Interpretations Inspired by George Cartlidge's Portrait Tiles at Stoke-on-Trent City Museum and Art Gallery, November 2004. Exhibition was curated by Thirkell, catalogue edited by Thirkell, ISBN 1900999218, 32 pp.