Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Low-Fire Jamboree

Millstone Pottery Low-Fire Jamboree
27, 28 & 29 April 2012
A week-end celebrating low technology, low temperature firing and making techniques for ceramists, potters and other romatics. Workshops cater for all levels of skill. Beginners welcome.
This Low-Fire Jamboree includes:
· Low temperature salt firing
· Pit firing
· Raku
· Making coiled vessels
· Making whistles
        Explore re-creating experimental coiled vessels from the stone-age "Beaker" tradition with Ian Garrett, during an "archaeological reconstruction" workshop. Ian is well-known for his hand-built burnished vessels inspired by ancient ceramci techniques. These combine forms from pre-historic Eurpoe and India with more contemporary African traditions.
        Fire your own pre-made (or provided) pots in a low-tech updraft bottle kiln using wood and salt with Paul de Jongh. Paul has been making high-temperature wood-fired pots in McGregor for the past 15 years, where he has built 5 wood-fired kilns. The bottle kiln was built by Paul and Ian specifically as a workshop tool to demonstrate low temperature wood-firing.
        Raku-fire your pre-made pots (or teabowls provided), also with Paul, who raku-fires in a ceramic fibre kiln using gas.
        Pit-fire your vessels using cow dung, wood bark, dried aloe leaves and small twigs which impart various lustrous terracotta tones to the work. This workshop will be led by Stanford potter, Tracey Duivestein. Tracey has been experimenting with pit firing for many years.
        Make your own clay whistle with John Newdigate, John specialises in high-fired translucent porcelain and reduction-fired celadon glazes.
Cost: R2 000 for the workshops, inclusive of food for the 3 days

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