Making Marks Workshops
Alternative firing pottery workshops $290 per person
Are you interested in what happens to your creation after you leave a Fun in the Mudd Workshop? Have you wondered how the amazing range of surface finishes are achieved?
This workshop series has been developed in response to your requests to be involved in the processes that turn your workshop creation in to the piece you collect a few weeks later. Many of you have been inspired by the broad range of firing techniques showcased at the recent Making Marks Exhibition and these new “Firing Workshops” are designed to involve the participant in the processes used to create the final product.
The Naked Raku process requires the use of a specially thick slip applied to the ware before applying a thin glaze. It is then placed in a raku kiln to around 800 degrees. This slip cracks and flakes off during the smoking process revealing the “naked” ware within.
Day one Creating the pieces, bowls ,lidded vessels, platters also a wide range of birds and animals. The pots will be smoothed removing rough marks. Terra Sigillata is mixed and applied to the dry pot then polished. Final stage: packing the gas kiln and fired 1000 degrees.
Day two Hands on. Mixing slips and glaze, then applying to the wares. Tracing designs, etching, carving adding strips to make marks and patterns. Pots are then placed into the raku kiln when temperature is reached, participants remove the pieces using tongs and place into a chamber bin for smoke reduction. Pots are hosed down, chipped and cleaned and waxed.
Saggar Making Marks workshop coming in early 2019
Saggar Firing is the method of creating confined atmospheres within a container or saggar. The saggar can be made out of anything depending on the type of firing.
Day one Making the ware suitable to be saggar fired. Script can be applied to the vessel at this stage. The pots are smoothed, Terra Sigillata (which means sealed earth) is made and brushed on to dry pots then burnished. Cathy will explain what type of pot is most suitable for this method. Final stage: packing the gas kiln and fired 1000 degrees.
Day two Participants are encouraged to bring dry seaweed, banana leaves, wood chips, sawdust and ground coffee beans, to add to the mix. The pots are then placed in a aluminum foil with the organic matter, and fired in the raku bin.
Horse Hair and Obvara
The Obvara firing technique is a technique originally used to seal low fire pottery. It is believed to have originated in Eastern Europe during the Middle Ages.
Using horsehair and feathers in raku firing yields incredible marks that can’t be created in any other type of firing.
The workshops run over two consecutive weekends. The actual schedule will vary according to the firing technique to be used, but will be similar the following: –
The first day will involve: –
- the initial creation of your pieces
- smoothing and burnishing
- applying terra sigillata
- and stacking of the bisque kiln.
Upon your return you will: –
- apply your “marks”, using a variety of techniques
- glaze your pieces appropriate to the firing type
- load the kiln
- remove and perform the appropriate post firing reduction techniques.
Come along and perhaps buy a friend a Gift Voucher.
- Half a block of clay – additional clay can be purchased
- Firing for two of your creations (we have to fire everything on the day)
- Guidance in deciding what you would like to make
- Tuition to help you create your mudd masterpiece
- Tea, coffee and scrumptious goodies
What to Bring
- Notepad and paper if you want to take notes about learnings throughout the session.
- Closed-in shoes are essential plus comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
- Cash, in case additional firing is required or you spot something in the gallery you might like to take home 😊