Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bede Clarke workshop in Asheville and Hendersonville

Bede Clarke bowl, fired in fast-fire wood kiln

Bede Clarke teapot fired in fast-fire wood kiln

Bede Clarke workshop
Odyssey Clayworks, August 17-21

PART 1 - techniques with slip, ash, and glazes for work fire (August 16-17-18) Cougar Kiln, Hendersonville Beginning with unloading bisque and reception Sunday evening. Monday students will glaze, slip work and load kiln. Bede will review approaches to glazing, slips and placement of wadding and ash that result in work that appears to have been fired in longer wood firings. Firing techniques will be introduced during firing on Tuesday.

Part 2 – Forms and designs created for wood fire – Demonstrations – workshop (August 19-20-21)
Oddysey Clayworks, Asheville Demonstration and workshop on design and form of work until noon Friday

UNLOAD KILN review placement kiln impacting firing.
2-5pm Friday, August 21

Bede Clarke has been a Professor of Art at the University of Missouri since 1992. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa, and BFA from Eckerd College. Bede’s work is found in public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. He maintains a studio in Columbia, Missouri where he produces his ceramic art work and continue to exhibit worldwide, recently at: Yinge Ceramic Museum 2012 Taiwan; Ceramics Biennale; Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Galleries exhibiting his work include AKAR, Schaller Gallery, Red Lodge Clay Center, and Red Star Studios. His work was the cover and feature article in the September 2014 issue of Ceramics Monthly. His work and fast-fire wood kiln were featured in the Log Book.

Cougar Kiln – Hendersonville, NC
The name “Cougar Kiln” referenced a kiln designed for women over 50 who wanted to wood fire. Initially a joke, it stuck when a wood carved “cougar” face was donated and attached to the front of the kiln. Elements designed to lessen the physical demands of wood firing include: standing while loading, stoking at waist level, cross-draft fast fire reaching cone 11 in 10-12 hours, and metal dampers. The stacking area is 36 cubic feet, three 12x24 shelves wide and 6 ft. high at top of arch. It requires 1.5 cords of wood to reach temperature. Designed by potter Will Baker, it is located at Dian Magie Pottery, 25 miles south of Asheville.

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