Steven Hill-Gestural Throwing / Atmospheric Effects for Electric Firing
Week 2 : July 14 – 19, 2019
Instructor: Steven Hill
Time: 5:00pm Sunday – 1:00 Friday
Lodging at the Art Ventures Retreat Center: $170 (5 night stay)
Meals: $140 (14 meals)
Full Package: $735 (includes workshop fee + food + lodging)
Class maximum: 22 students
Steven Hill’s second workshop is structured as a natural follow up to “Throwing Precise, Yet Relaxed, Tableware,” July 7-12, for those that would like to spend 2 weeks at Adamah!
Steven’s main focus will be on glazing and cone 6 firing. When glazing, Steven will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with reduction firing. The goal is not to imitate reduction, but to set the stage so that multiple layered glazes can interact with each other in the firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be addressed. Although glaze formulation is beyond the scope of this workshop, further experimentation with a wide range of glazes will be discussed. We will fire at ^8 oxidation, but all of the information is also applicable at ^6 or ^10. Firing schedules and how they affect glaze surfaces will be included in the discussion. Steven’s glazes will be available to use, but students are encouraged to also bring recipes and small containers of glazes they are familiar with for experimentation.
Steven will also demonstrate his techniques of throwing relaxed, gestural forms, but since the main focus of the week is on glazing and firing we will mostly be making smaller items to use as glaze tests.
Students that do not sign up for the Tableware workshop should plan on bringing approximately 10 bisque fired pots for glazing. ^6 or ^10 Porcelain is the first choice, but white stoneware will also work. A selection of forms is best, with emphasis on small to medium sized pots. It is also recommended to bring 12 - 16 vertical test tiles for experimentation.
Steven Hill-Gestural Throwing / Atmospheric Effects / Electric Firing July 14-19
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