Class Image Wheel Throwing + Wood/ Soda Firing (Beginning and Intermediate)

Wheel Throwing + Wood/ Soda Firing (Beginning and Intermediate)

This is an introductory class to wood + soda. 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 disperse by the heat of the fire through the kiln. The wood ash and sodium are 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 using a potter's wheel. 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

Class room instructions will be held 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 in the Sawtooth wheel throwing studio. Students will have open studio access for the remaining weeks leading up to the firing. 
Kiln firing is scheduled on: 12/15, 12/16, and 12/17 at SECCA Wood Fire Kiln Pavilion.

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.