June 9-10 10-4 to make pieces
June 16 10-4 to tool and finish wares
July 14 10-4 to glaze
July 28 evening: the feast itself
Imagine what you would like to eat at a feast or what you are inspired to cook. Then think of how you would like to serve it: in a huge platter or graceful bowl. Perhaps you would prefer to plate it or if you are making a soup or dessert you might want bowls. Then make the pieces on the wheel or by hand.
Each day we will have a festive lunch.
Participants bring a dish to pass to get in the mood for the coming feast.
Salt Firing Workshop
with Kim L’Heureux
Early American potters often used salt glaze to finish their pottery. Salt was more available than the feldspars and the myriad of other chemicals that can be used in stoneware firing. Often designs were painted on the pottery with cobalt slips for blues and iron slips for browns. The pottery often had an orange peel texture for the surface now valued by collectors. In this century a variety of slips and glazes are available for the surface of the salt glazed pottery.
Part of the fun for a studio potter is the drama of the firing. Salt is inserted into the red hot kiln, The sodium in the salt volatilizes, forms a vapor that combines with the surface clay of the wares in the kiln.
Come to the workshop with up to 10 medium sized bisqued pieces made of stoneware clay. Clay needs to be able to withstand temperatures of up to 2380F. Alternatively, clay can be purchased in advance for $35 per 10 pound log. You will be allotted a space approximately 14′ h x 14″ x 24″. Glazing the wares and stacking of the kiln will take place on Monday, June 18 from 10:00-4:00pm approx. The firing will take place on Tuesday, June 19. We will unstack the kiln, scrape kiln shelves and admire our work on Thursday, June 21 in the afternoon
with Elizabeth Nields
Session I: June 25-28 from 10-12
Session II: June 25-28 from 1-3
Glazing for both sessions July 24 from 1-3
Large fanciful planters, garden seats, birdbaths, fountains or sculpture can be built with large coils, slabs, or thrown on the potter’s wheel. The class is appropriate for anyone who likes to works boldly.
Adults and children are welcome.
$160 (50 pounds of clay included. Extra clay @ $35 for 10 pound log)
Clay for Young Children: July 9 from 11-12,
glazing July 23 from 11-12
Children will make their own mirror frames of clay. They may roll a slab or build the frame freehand. They may add shapes or creatures or textures around the edges or paint with slips. It is a chance to sculpt or paint. Some children may come up with their own project. $35
Tapas: July 10, 12 and 24 from 10-12
Little plates or bowls for tapas can be made, perhaps a serving piece as well. $75
Bottles and Vases: July 10, 12 and 26 from 2-4
Bottles and vases can be thrown on the potter’s wheel. $75
July 30-August 26
See August tab above for details.
or $950 for a half workshop
August 13, 14, 20, 21
See Raku tab above for details.
Show and Celebration
Sunday, August 26
Show from 4-6
Potluck at 6