Saturday, January 26, 2013


16TH/17TH MARCH 2013

In this workshop two ways of fuming are explored.

The process of fuming is the same for both types of firing. Saggars are ideal for firing in an urban environment but have limitations regarding size and volume of work. Some fuming materials cannot be used if saggars are fired n an electric kiln.

We will be using both electric and gas kilns for firing the saggars. Each participant may make up to 6 small pots , not bigger than 10cm x 10cm, for the saggars and up to 4 pieces not larger than 35cm x 35 cm for the open pit. After signing up for the workshop you will receive notes and instructions regarding what clays and what construction methods are more suited for this type of firing, advise on the surface treatment, recipes for terra sigillata and slips as well as notes on various ways of burnishing. All work will have to be bisque fired.

Saturday, 16th March
· preparing and packing the saggars and firing them
· stacking and firing the open pit

Sunday, 17th March
· opening of all the kiln

The workshop will be held at a small holding outside Fourways, Johannesburg

Cost: R 1 500.- inclusive less 20% if booking by a potters studio for a min of 3 participants
Booking is essential

For more information or bookings
45 Kingfisher Road.
FOURWAYS Johannesburg
Telephone : home +27 11 467 2624 mobile +27 82 3301066

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Low Fire Jamboree at Millstone Pottery

15, 16 & 17 March 2013
A week-end celebrating low technology, low temperature firing and making techniques for ceramists, potters and other romantics. Workshops cater for all levels of skill. Beginners welcome.

This Low-Fire Jamboree includes:
  • Making traditional Pueblo pots
  • Pit firing
  • Raku
  • Low temperature salt firing
  • Building and firing a paper kiln
  • Explore the low-fire technique of burnished and pit-fired, "polychrome" painted ceramics withIan Garrett and John Newdigate.
    This technique first appeared in the Neolithic era (roughly 6000 BCE) - and is associated with early farming communities all over the world. Famous examples include Yang-shao ceramics from Kansu in China, Cucuteni ceramics from Romania as well as Nasca and Inca ceramics from South America. The most famous continuing tradition is found in the recent historic and contemporary styles of Native American Pueblo potters.
    In the workshop participants will make vessels using a traditional Pueblo "Puki" or base-mould. The leather-hard pots will be scraped and then coated with a liquid-clay slip which is burnished as it dries. This creates a "canvass" onto which oxide and clay pigments can be painted. The completed pots will be pit-fired to impart the subtle tonal-variations that give this technique great visual richness.
    Ian Garrett's Website:
    John Newdigate's Website:
  • 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.
  • Build and fire an experimental paper kiln.
Cost: R2 200 for the workshops, inclusive of food for the 3 days. Early Bird Cost: R2 000

Nina & Paul
Email:   Web:   Tel: (023) 625 1599

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kiln For Sale

Bob Fox Kiln : 5 cb. ft., front loading, single phase power
– in use for 15 years
R6 000.00
Contact: Anita Botha (West Rand) – 082 855 0145