The structure of this workshop is a bit different than our regular 12-week summer workshops. A large focus of the workshop is centered around loading and firing a soda kiln that will take place at The Clay Compound in NE Portland (Cully neighborhood).
In this Super Special Soda Firing workshop, students will have class time to further develop their wheel throwing skills as well as discuss glaze, and how glaze and soda firing interact. Students will get to experiment with spray glaze application and participate in loading and unloading the cone 10 atmospheric kiln at the Clay Compound Studio.
The work session lessons will be a mix of skill-building exercises and project-based lessons and are always informed by the student’s goals. This class is geared towards those who have a foundation in clay, with the end goal that everyone will leave more informed about the making and soda firing process.
Some Wheel throwing experience is required (12 weeks of previous clay experience is recommended).
Learn more about the instructor and see examples of his soda-fired work at suayceramics.com
Please check the following important dates/locations before signing up:
Studio Workdays: Mondays, September 18th-November 13th (6:30-9pm @Radius)
Glazing sessions: Mondays, November 27th and December 4th (6:30-9pm@The Clay Compound)
Loading: Friday, December 8th (6pm @ The Clay Compound)
Firing: Saturday, December 9th (come and go as you can throughout the day, 8am-8pm @The Clay Compound)
Unloading: Sunday, December 10th (4pm @ The Clay Compound)
Open Studio Access: September 22nd-December 16th (@Radius)
This workshop includes 25 lbs of clay, 1 cubic foot of space in the soda firing, and over 36 hours of instruction. Students also get 24 free “open studio” hours to come in and practice (without instruction) outside of class times. These open hours will be limited to Thursday 5pm- 9pm, Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm and Sunday 10am-2pm.