Understanding Soda Firing

June 11 - June 15, 2021

Understanding Soda Firing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $80

Learn about the soda firing process from start to finish. Bring your own bisqued work to be fired on site. Over the course of the week, the kiln will be strategically loaded, fired to cone 10 in a reduced atmosphere, oxidation-cooled, and unloaded on the last day of the workshop. Demonstrations of making techniques will show why certain forms are made for this particular way of firing. Learn more about slips, glazes, and other materials that may be used in a soda kiln. Work that you make throughout the week will be bisqued so that it may be taken home on the last day.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
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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Stuart Gair

Currently, Stuart Gair is an Artist in Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, where he is exploring a new body of work and teaching classes. Recently, Gair was named an Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly magazine and Emerging Craftsman by the Ohio Craft Museum. Gair examines a wide range of wares that have endured through time with a particular interest in how form follows function, balance, elegance, silhouette and volume. By examining these forms, he thinks about how objects are displayed and how they can occupy a space in similar ways to those historical objects that he admires. He also strives to lure in the viewer for a closer examination of each piece to examine the subtlety and variation of surface. All of the pieces that Gair creates are fired to cone 10 in a soda kiln. He has participated in residencies across the country including Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and Harvard Ceramics Program. He is represented by numerous established galleries which include Lillstreet Art Center, The Clay Studio of Philadelphia and Clay AKAR. Gair received a history degree from Ohio University and completed an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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