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Introduction to Wood Firing/ Soda Firing

This is an introductory class to Cone 10 wood & soda firing with an emphasis on wheel throwing combined with some handbuilt elements.

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 through out the kiln. The wood ash and sodium deposited on the ceramics interacting with silica and other minerals from the clay creates a varied palette of colors and textures not achievable in any other way. 

Before the firing, students will explore the creative possibilities of clay through wheel throwing techniques. Some handbuilt elements will be introduced to enhance wheel thrown forms. 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.

The studio instructions are held on 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, and 8/8. The firing is scheduled on 9/20, 9/21, and 9/22. 
Ages: 18 - Adult

Students will learn how to embellish their pieces using slips (liquid clay) and glazes formulated for wood firing. Enrolled students are given access to open studio hours to work outside of class time.