Exploring Salt Firing

July 14 - July 18, 2023

Exploring Salt Firing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $80

In this hands-on workshop you will participate, discover and get a real feel for the amazing possibilities of salt firing. You’ll discover many ways to glaze the bisqued white stoneware pieces that you bring and help load the kiln absorbing the different nuances required for salt firing. On the second day you’ll be involved in the firing process, learn and see different approaches with salt firing plus begin to do some hands-on making. Detailed surfaces with incised lines, stamps, textured surfaces, and slip decoration come alive in the salty atmosphere and will be explored while focusing on making forms that thrive in the salt kiln. Once the kiln has cooled you will help unload and discuss your amazing new pieces!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Intermediate
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Cathi Jefferson

Cathi has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work featured in numerous publications including Robin Hopper’s ‘Functional Pottery’ and Phil Roger’s ‘Salt Glazing’. She has attended residencies at the Archie Bray in Montana, The Banff Centre, The Sculpture Factory in Jingdezen, 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 rainforest that inspires her. The unique salt-fired functional stoneware and sculptural forms she creates have designs from the natural environment she cares about so passionately.

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