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Saggar Fire Workshop

June 17 - 22 with Terry Shepherd, Intermediate Class

Terry Shepherd joins us for a second year to lead the Saggar Fire Workshop. Terry is an expert in this technique, with 38 years of experience and is currently the director and resident artist at Ceramics at The Art Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. Check out his amazing work here - Discovery and exploration are part of the process of Saggar Firing. Terry will guide students through this technique that results in mystery and wonder on your pots! In this six day workshop, students will gain experience in the preparation of saggars for firing functional vessels and sculptural work. A saggar is a container used during the firing process to enclose the pot being fired inside a kiln. Combustible material is put inside to affect the surface of the pot in wonderful ways. Students will learn to construct both thrown and brick-box saggars. Rather than a glaze, a saggar pot is generally finished with a burnishing technique that is responds to the combustible materials. Terry will introduce the formulation and processing of terra sigillata, along with various burnishing methods. The class will be concentrated on finishing techniques and saggar firing methods. As this class is short and will not allow time for making pots, plan to bring 6-10 smooth ribbed and bisque fired (cone 06) pieces for firing, size range from 6” to 10”. Clay body choices can range from a smooth B-mix (cone 5 to cone 10) to any medium grogged stoneware. Leather gloves required. Join us to learn this ancient technique! Students are asked to arrive the night before the class begins, to meet and have dinner with their fellow students and get acclimated before class the following morning. __________________________________ Details: $900: $250 deposit due at booking $650 balance, due May 27th $750 for a shared room. Please contact us if you would like this option.

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