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Mendocino Art Center Visiting Artist

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The heart of this workshop is in the exploration of alternative finishes. We will make and apply a Greek style Terra-Sigillata with and without colorants, which will become the base for our 2 low fire projects, ferric chloride saggar, and a Cajon injection pit-fire. We will fire cone 10 ash-Shino utilizing my new tumble stacked heat-tent. We will also fire a separate cone 8 seashell side-firing with matte crystal glazes. 

About 1/3 of the workshop will be dedicated to building. We will explore thrown and altered forms with porcelaineous clay, as well as handbuild using coil and mold techniques. In addition, burnout materials, inclusions (feldspar and mica), and paper clay will be demonstrated.



(Assistant set up glazes and buttons for side fire 9am)
9:30-10 Meet in Studio- Introductions  
10-1 Glaze Side-Fire and build catchers/stuff shells/load kiln
1-1:45 Lunch
1:45-4 Meet in Studio- Apply (greenware) terra sigillata to bone dry pots for ferric chloride and pit. Demo colored terra sigillata. Demo Paper Clay and Micaceous Clay
(Assistant Load Bisque and fire cone o8)
3:30-4:30 Demo wheel- side fire thrown and altered vase, tumblers. 
(Assistant preheat Side-Fire with door cracked and candle to 190F)
(Assistant helps clean up in kiln yard)

(Assistant set up glazes for Shino glazing and plastic over spray booth for wax spraying 9am)
(Assistant Side-Fire to bisque slowly throughout day) 
9:30-11:30 Meet in Kiln Yard - Glaze Sino, Wax, Stack and place in heat tent. 
(Assistant- Build heat tent around existing shino)
 11:30-12 Demo Paper clay with burnout- building baskets
12-1 Studio Time
1-1:45 Lunch 
1:45-2:45 Meet in Studio- Painting on colored mica (bisqueware) Terra Sigillata. One piece for pit fire and one piece base for ferric chloride burrito. 
Studio Time
(Assistant help clean up in kiln yard)

(Assistant Side Fire to cone 7 throughout day)
9:30-11:30- Meet in Studio-  Unload bisque kilns
Painting on Ferric Chloride over bisqued Terra Sigillata 
Load and fire Ferric Chloride #1
11:30-12 Demo- Continue side fire thrown and altered. Trimming tumblers. 
12-1 Studio Time
1-1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:15 Meet in Studio- Demo Wax Ferric Chloride Pieces. Demo mold bowl with micaceous clay. 
3:15- Studio Time
9:30-11:30 Meet in Kiln Yard with pit fired pieces- Build and Load Pit Fire around work. 
11:30-12 DEMO- Wabi-Sabi Colored Terra Sigillata on bone dry. 
12-1 Studio Time
1-1:45 Lunch 
1:45-2:45 Unload Side Fire and clean up. 
2:45-4 -Wood Ash Demo- Washing and screening. Unstack shino, apply wood ash and load Shino Kiln.   
4- Studio Time
6:30pm Pot Luck Party and light pit fire.
(Assistant preheat Shino. Must not pass 1588F)
(Assistant load and fire wabi-sabi pieces into bisque)

(Assistant keep eye on Shino Fire and body reduction)
9:30-11 Meet in Kiln Yard- Unload Pit Fire and clean up pit area. 
11-1 Clean up Pit fire pots and Side Fire pots with Dremel. 
Lunch 1-1:45
1:45-3 Demo feldspar inclusion using dry throwing of platters. Continue basket. Continue thrown and altered piece. 
3pm Studio Time

9:30-11:30 Painting on Ferric Chloride over colored mica bisquware Terra Sigillata.  Prepare burritos. Load and fire Ferric Chloride #2. Load and fire Wabi-Sabi into quick fire smoke. 
11:30-1 Studio Time
1-1:45 Lunch 
1:45-4:30 Studio Time
3- 3:30 Demo Making terra Sigillata 

9:30-11 Meet in Kiln Yard- Unload Shino Kiln and clean up.
11-1 Demo siphoning Terra Sigillata and crock pot.
Wax Pit Fire and Ferric chloride Pots 
Gold Leafing demo. 
1-1:45 Lunch
1:45-3 Studio Time wrap-up.
3-4:30 Review of all work made in workshop and clean up/pack up. 

Earlier Event: June 2
Clay Carnival with Rocky Lewycky
Later Event: October 22
USC Visiting Artist