Firing the Anagama

August 14 - August 21, 2024

Firing the Anagama

$1,250.00

Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $1050
Material Fee: $200

Potters of all ranges in abilities are welcome to bring work made from stoneware and or porcelain clay bodies and bisque fired to participate fully in this amazing firing. Discussions on the appropriate clays, slips and terra sigillatas to use in the wood kiln will be addressed. Learn a variety of different kiln firing and loading theories as well as the use of different types of wadding, seashells and other ways to stilt work while leaving an aesthetically pleasing mark on the object. Everyone will participate in the kiln loading and firing process (the kiln will be fired in shifts around the clock until the desired temperature and conditions are reached). Participants will learn together as a group to “listen” to the kiln and respond as we make our way towards temperature and surface. Emphasis in this workshop is on participation and collectively working to achieve results that only this kiln can provide.

Lunch is included for all participants

*The unloading of the kiln will take place on Sunday, August 25th

Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
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.
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Ages: Adult

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Tara Wilson

Tara Wilson was captivated by clay as a high school student in Clyde, Ohio. During her undergraduate studies in Tennessee, she became fascinated with the wood firing process. Upon moving west for a residency at The Archie Bray Foundation her love for the rugged beauty of Montana’s diverse landscape was awakened – from the sweeping planes to the rugged mountains. These passions continue to drive her artistic endeavors today as she produces woodfired pottery in her studio near Helena, Montana. The soft forms of her woodfired vessels often relate to the figure while the surfaces are inspired by her natural surroundings.

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