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
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