Clay explorations – playing with fire: 5-day workshop exploring aspects of glazing, decoration and reduction firing in an oil-fired kiln.
Participants from earlier winter courses will be invited to book for this ‘firing’ workshop where they will have an opportunity to take part in the August glazing and firing cycle in the studio where they will glaze and fire their own work made during the Winter School.
12 August -16 August
Additional firing courses can be arranged if there is demand. The work of those participants who cannot attend the firing course will have their work fired for them and shipped to them by courier once they have agreed to the courier’s costs.
Participants are welcome to bring their own ‘unglazed bisque fired stoneware pots’ with them if they wish, for possible inclusion in the firing.
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Participants may contact facilitator directly on email@example.com and 082-342-5453
Introduction overview of ‘reduction firing’ techniques and our approach to oil and gas kilns.
Examining of the kilns and preparing the one for a firing on Thursday.
Discussion on the pots available for firing and glazes, slips, pigments etc to be used.
Mixing glazes and waxing the work to be glazed. Some of these pots will have been made during the Winter School, others by us in advance. Participants are welcome to bring their own ‘unglazed bisque fired stoneware pots’ with them if they wish, for possible inclusion in the firing.
Start of glazing and decoration
Glazing and any decoration – brushed, dipped and layered.
Start packing the kiln
Finish off any glazing and decoration
Finish the kiln pack and final preparation of the kiln – fuel etc.
Wednesday afternoon is Free Time.
During the late afternoon we will begin to preheat the kiln and participants are encouraged to return for this at around 4.00 pm
This is firing day..! (for those who are up for it, we will light up at around 6.00 am)
The whole day will be spent with the kiln in an attempt to reach 1 320°C, our maturing temperature.
Firing continues until late afternoon.
Climax between 4.00 and 5.00 pm
Time for a quiet drink together when the firing is over and the burners have been extinguished.
Kiln opening will be determined by the rate at which it cools overnight – should be before 10.00 am.
Unpacking the kiln and assessing the fired work.
Fired work packed up to be taken home.