Week One (5-day): June 29 – July 3, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.
This hands on workshop will focus on the magic of crystalline ﬁring: glaze formulation, glaze recipes, and application both brushed and sprayed. Techniques will focus on high ﬁre oxidation, with information about high ﬁre reduction, reduction post ﬁring and oxidation striking. Glazing techniques will include using encapsulated stains, and post ﬁre acid etching.
While the kiln is ﬁring, Ginny will be demonstrating, and participants will have time to practice, both hand building and throwing altered forms, exploring the particular qualities of porcelain: stretching, altering, joining, and cutting the clay to create pieces that accentuate the crystalline glazes. Please note: these pieces will not be part of the glaze firings.
Finally, essential attention will be paid to the post-ﬁring ﬁnishing of the works: removal of pedestals, etching, and striking. No detail will be omitted, though of course, some alchemy will still remain: the spontaneity of crystal formations within the layers of the glaze itself.
This 5-day format allows participants to take the pieces from the beginning to the end of the process with time for experimenting in and out of the kiln. This workshop is suitable for all levels of throwing and handbuilding and all levels of glaze work.
Ginny Conrow has been a studio potter for 50 years, her work evolving from functional stoneware to sculptural/decorative porcelain, including ten years of Cone 6 oxidation and airbrushing on large wall commissions. Her pieces combine a strong interest in form, sculpting the porcelain into out-of-round shapes that are organic, sometimes almost ﬁgurative - and surface, spraying layers of glazes to accentuate the curves, shadows and mood of each piece. Currently focusing on crystalline glazes, she uses thrown, slip cast, slab and extruded elements, stretching the porcelain to its fullest.Click here to read more about GINNY CONROW
Course Registration will open for Friends of MISSA on January 21st at 12:00pm (PST), and Registration will open for all on January 28th at 12:00pm (PST)