Layering Surfaces with Wood Firing

June 28 - July 2, 2024

Layering Surfaces with Wood Firing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $125

We will work as a group to explore the ways in which the wood fire kiln may be used to create layered effects on pottery. You will be given a list of flashing slips to be applied on greenware that capture movement of the flame. Techniques and skills taught will include: unique dynamics to consider while loading a wood kiln and how to fire a wood kiln. This workshop is geared towards those with clay experience with interest in exploring atmospheric firing, but wood firing experience is not required. Participants will be asked to bring a bisque fired piece no bigger than 18”; a list of slips to apply to the piece will be provided and should be completed prior to the workshop in preparation for wood firing. You should expect to be working in close proximity to fire throughout the workshop and may be tasked with tending a kiln through the overnight hours.

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


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Jonathan Pacheco

Jonathan Pacheco is a ceramic artist making functional and sculptural work. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Ceramics. Working as a ceramic artist for 19 years, he is deeply interested in wood fired ceramic processes and resulting textures. Time, texture and layering are important parts of his process. Jonathan teaches ceramic classes at Clayspace in Lisle and at Lill Street in Chicago, Illinois. He also works at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois as the Ceramic Coordinator.

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