The course is an adventure in Cone 10 Soda Firing! Participants will explore decorating techniques with slips and glazes in preparation for firing, using your own bisque pots. Participants will prepare the work and get it ready for packing the kiln. There will be instruction on how to specifically pack for a soda firing. While the pieces are being fired, there will be demonstrations of throwing, discussions concerning design and form of pots and demonstrations of surface treatments for wet and leather hard clay. While the kiln is cooling participants will get the opportunity to try some of these techniques on pieces made during the course. Participants will also get to make their own brushes and explore their uses on paper and clay.
The kiln will be loaded on Wednesday, then unloaded on Friday, and the work discussed and documented. It will be an exciting reveal!
Course cost: $665 Supply fee: $20 – slips, brushes and decorating materials
Tuition includes lunch and daily snacks and is inclusive of all applicable taxes.
ALAN BURGESS has been a potter and teacher all his life. Educated at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts in London England, he apprenticed as a student in several pottery workshops, making production ware. He has established studios in North Wales, Comox, BC, and Buckley Bay. Alan was head of Bolton College of Art, ceramics department, England, where he coordinated a three-year vocational ceramics program, validated by the British Society of Designer Craftspersons. Following his move to Canada in 1982, Alan was soon teaching at North Island College in Courtenay, BC. He continued to teach ceramics, drawing, and sculpture at NIC for the next 30 years, 11 years as chair of the Fine Arts department.
Alan has taught many ceramic workshops, including several at MISSA. A master thrower, he works mainly in stoneware and porcelain, focusing on functional and larger decorative pieces. His work may be found in international collections.
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