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 Summer 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. Studens will also get to experiment with spray glaze application. The 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 an 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).
Please check the following important dates before signing up:
Studio Workdays: Mondays, May 1st- June 13th (@ Radius)
Open Studio access: May 5th- July 14th (@Radius)
Glazing sessions: July 11th and 18th (@The Clay Compound)
Loading: Evening of July 22nd (@ The Clay Compound)
Firing: All day July 23rd (come and go throughout the day, 8am-8pm @The Clay Compound)
Unloading: July 24th @ 4pm (@ The Clay Compound)
This workshop includes 25lbs of 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 11am-3pm.