Cone 10 Clay, Glaze and Reduction Firing, October 9-12, 26-30
Instructor:Abby ReczekHona Leigh Knudsen and Josh Manning
Date: Monday-Thursday, (skip a week) Thursday-Monday, October 9-12, 26-30, Oct. 9-12,26-27 - 5-8pm, Oct. 28 all day, Oct. 30 at discretion of instructors
Tuition: Jax Member $210.00 / Non Member $262.50
Material Fee: (Due during workshop) 50
Class Description: Have you always wondered about that big gas kiln behind the Center? Now you can learn how to prepare ceramic work for it, load it, and fire it during this multiple week class with three of our local potters!
First, Abby Reczek will lead the class in throwing, trimming and hand-building with high fire stoneware clay for 4 days starting on Monday, October 9 through Thursday October 12 from 5-8pm. After the work dries it will be bisque fired in our electric kilns. Then Josh Manning and Hona Leigh Knudsen will help you glaze the work with some of their production glazes on Thursday, October 26 from 5-8pm. On Friday, October 27 from about 5-8pm you’ll learn hands-on how to stack the shelves, load the kiln with work and how to brick up the door. Saturday, October 28, you’ll start early in the morning and learn where to place the burners, how to start the kiln, and throughout the day you’ll learn how to heat the kiln up to Cone 10 temps (over 2300 degrees Fahrenheit). The kiln will need to cool all Sunday, so Monday, October 30 at 5pm you’ll un-brick the kiln door for your first look at the awesomeness of Reduction Firing!
This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students who have knowledge of throwing/handbuilding and a basic understanding of the firing process. If you are concerned whether this class is right for you, please contact the Center and discuss you’re experience with our Ceramics Studio Manager, Cory Potrafka.
UPDATE: We are now offering either portion this class individually. If you would like to take the intermediate wheel throwing class with Abby Reczek but are not yet ready to tackle the gas kiln firing, you can sign up for just this portion by clicking here. If you are already satisfied with your throwing skills but have a keen interest in learning the intricacies of reduction firing in a large gas kiln then you can sign up for just that portion by clicking here. Please read very carefully the requirements for taking the cone 10 glaze & gas firing class alone.
Minimum Age: 18 and older or with special permission by instructor
Minimum Enrollment: 4, Maximum Enrollment: 8
About the Instructor: Abby Reczek graduate from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She is originally from this area of Pennsylvania, but her love of pottery has brought her down to Virginia. Following graduation she started a 10 month long residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA where she learned extensively about wood firing. While at Cub Creek she learned more about the town of Floyd, its rich art culture, and the apprenticeship opportunities. Abby was awarded the position of apprentice to Silvie Granatelli and has been working with her since September of 2013. She has also been lucky enough to be working with someone who uses carving as a decoration technique because it has allowed her to begin refining the skill that she had started experimenting with at Cub Creek. Abby will be working with Silvie until the fall of 2015. Abby's work is largely based off things she sees in nature and reinterprets through line drawings which she carves onto her pieces. The pieces are made of porcelain and are fired in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere.
Josh Manning & Hona Knudsen (bio coming soon)
To register for this combined workshop please select whether you are a member of the center from the drop down menu below and click on the “Add to Cart” button in the bottom right corner.