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Monday, July 18, 2011
Aluminum Foil Saggar Fire Workshop
Aluminum Foil Saggar Fire Instructor: Edge Barnes
August 20 & 21
9:00am-4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday
Explore the alternative firing method of firing burnished pieces by wrapping them in aluminum foil rather than ceramic saggars. Demonstrations and discussions will include: throwing; trimming and burnishing; horse-hair firing; various saggar firing techniques from pit-fires to kilns; clay choices for burnishing and thermal shock resistance; post-firing cleanup and enhancement; and materials for decorating/marking work. Participants may bring pieces to decorate and fire in either a bon-fire or a primitive kiln (method is as yet to be determined). Participants may also bring organic materials to add to the saggar, however all firing materials will be provided.
Pieces for firing can be any clay from low-fire to porcelain, although smooth white clays give better color response in addition to smoother surface. Please limit pieces in size to small to medium with no fragile appendages. It's better to leave those and large flat pieces for firing on your own or in smaller groups.
Recommended items to bring in additon to pots include apron, work gloves, folding chair, natural fiber clothing.
Tuition: $100 (plus $15 materials fee, payable to instructor)
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.