Class Image Handbuilding + Wood Firing (Beginning and Intermediate)

Handbuilding + Wood Firing (Beginning and Intermediate)

This class is available only to students who have taken at least 1 clay class at Sawtooth.

Participants will develop an understanding of the unique qualities and processes of using wood and soda vapor to fire ceramics. During the firings, the draft created by the chimney pulls wood ash and sodium (soda) vapors released by the heat of the fire through the kiln. The ash is deposited on the ware in the path of the flame and creates a varied palette of colors and textures not achievable in any other way. 

Explore the creative possibilities of clay without using a potter's wheel. Students will advance their skill set by learning pinch, slab, and coil techniques to create various projects. Students with more experience can refine their skills while exploring new forms and design options. Decorating and glazing techniques for atmospheric firing will also be explored.
Ages: 18 - Adult

Students will take an active roll in helping load and fire the kiln at the end of the session. Students will also be expected to help with one wood prep shift during the session.