Soda Firing from A-Z!

August 26 - August 30, 2022

Soda Firing from A-Z!


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $60

This is a unique hands-on opportunity for you to explore the entire process and possibilities of soda and atmospheric firing. Participants will bring bisqued-fired work made from high temperature (cone 10) stoneware or porcelain. We will discuss a variety of atmospheric firing methods including different types and styles of firings, clays, glazes, schedules, safety, and concerns focused on soda firing. This intensive workshop will cover the following: glazing techniques, good designs for soda and atmospheric kilns, different types of wadding and how to wad work, different soda firing styles, how to make and position cone packs, as well as the best ways and methods to load work. We will also cover a cursory understanding of firing a reduction kiln, different kinds of kiln shelves and their pros/cons, how to clean up work, how to clean up kiln furniture to maintain the life of the kiln and equipment and different methods of introducing soda to the kiln. By the end of the workshop, you will have your own finished, glazed, soda-fired work and an abundance of information. Note taking is heavily urged.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


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.
Ages: Adult


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Dallas Wooten

Dallas Wooten was born in Louisville, KY where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from Indiana University Southeast, right across the river. Upon graduating, he attended Ohio University’s graduate program. During that time, he was awarded as a 2018 LEAP (Lydon Emerging Artist Award) finalist. Wooten completed his Masters in Fine Arts from OU in 2020. Recently, Wooten was a long-term Artist-in-Residence at Hope Center for Arts and Technology, Inc., where he taught classes at HopeCAT as well as Youngstown State University. Wooten has recently founded Wooten Clayworks and is currently setting up his studio in Hackettstown, New Jersey, where he works as a studio artist.

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