Atmospheric Immersion: Soda Firing

June 24 - 30

Atmospheric Immersion: Soda Firing

WEEK ONE & WEEKEND TWO (7-days): June 24 – 30, 2019   Classes run from 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Atmospheric Immersion: Soda Firing

Immerse deep in to the world of atmospheric firing for 7 days of glazing, firing, making and exploring forms, surfaces, and how the soda infused kiln affects each piece.

You will apply flashing slips and glazes to the bisque ware you bring made from stoneware or  high temperature porcelain clay and help load the soda kiln, becoming aware of differences in atmospheric kilns.  You will be involved with firing the soda kiln and learning different methods of introducing salt and soda during the firing, as well as how to fire a gas kiln.  Digital presentations will assist you as you begin to make work that will focus on the nuances of this type of firing.

Each day shapes will be explored; detailed surfaces with incised lines, carving, stamps, textures, and slip decorated surfaces will be delved into as you discover how to make your own unique work.  Pieces will be dried and bisqued as students continue to realize new ways of making and decorating pieces specifically for soda firing.  Flashing slips and glaze will be applied and then fired again.

This workshop is an amazing opportunity to propel ones’ skills and knowledge, with an immersion, into atmospheric firing!

Workshop level: Intermediate/Advanced

  • STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (Click HERE): All students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
  • COURSE COST: $1008 (Includes $953 tuition and $55 for course supplies/firing fees.)

Tuition includes lunches and daily snacks. Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes. An accommodation package is available in QUAD or DOUBLE occupancy and includes breakfast and dinner. Click here for further details.

Cathi Jefferson

Cathi has exhibited nationally and internationally, with her work has been featured in numerous publications including Robin Hoppers Functional Pottery and Phil Roger’s Salt-Glaze Ceramics. She has attended residencies at Archie Bray in Montana, the Banff Centre and others in the US and abroad. In 2010, she was awarded the Carter Wosk BC Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design.

Cathi’s studio and gallery on the beautiful Cowichan River near Duncan, BC, is surrounded by the west coast rain forest that inspires her.  The unique salt-fired functional stoneware and sculptural forms she creates have designs from nature that she cares about so passionately.


Sold Out – Thanks for your interest

Classes are open to students at least 19 years of age at the start of their registered workshop


Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA’s online withdrawal form and will be processed through PayPal.

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BEFORE April 15: for each course withdrawal, a refund inclusive of tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee.

AFTER April 15: for each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2020 will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee. Any applicable supply fee will be refunded. As a courtesy, a full refund will be issued if withdrawal application is received within 48 hours of an initial purchase (up until June 7, 2019).

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, a full refund (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) will be issued. Transferring into another workshop is a possibility. On-Campus accommodations can be canceled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation form.