Ceramics w. Mary Sweeney

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Ceramics w. Mary Sweeney

245.00

 

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Limit: 8 Students/Class


**Up to 50lbs of clay included per class. Additional clay and firing charges for more than 50lbs. All students must use cone 10 clay and glazes available at Chases Garage. 
 

Instructor: Mary Sweeney 
Students who want to continue learning about throwing on the pottery wheel, hand building and glazing for cone 10 reduction firing are encouraged to enroll.  All students have a wheel to throw on and perfect their skills. Students will also learn trimming and finishing their pots with handles, lids & nobs. Decorating techniques will be taught including, slip decoration, carving, wax resist and glaze decoration. Hand building will be taught with a new hand built assignment every week using the slab roller or extruder. You will be taught to your level with personal instruction. This class should be creative, fun and relaxing! 

 

** For purposes of proper glazing and firing, all students must use cone 10 clay and glazes available at Chases Garage - no clay purchased from outside sources will be permitted for use in this class. We use #900 toast brown stoneware as well as #510 white stoneware from Laguna and BMIX and have approx. 20 glazes and slips available for use in the studio. Students will learn wheel throwing, hand building, surface design and glazing techniques from local ceramicist, Mary Sweeney

NOTE: Chases is a Cone 10 Reduction Firing Studio - Learn More about Reduction Firing at Ceramic Arts Daily

WORDS FROM MARY ON REDUCTION FIRING:

“I use high-fire clay and glaze my pieces with a palette reflective of the rich earthy tones of the woods and sea that surround me in my home town of York, Maine. I predominantly use a gas reduction kiln ... I want to invite a bit of the unexpected into the creative process. You never know what your results may be with some of these firing processes. I love being surprised at the beautiful results.”

— http://www.marysweeneypottery.com/artist.html

REDUCTION FIRING FROM CERAMIC ARTS DAILY:

“reduction firing:

In fuel-burning kilns, firing atmosphere with insufficient oxygen to completely combust fuel, introducing abundance of unoxidized carbon and hydrogen, which extract oxygen molecules from surface of wares, altering appearance of clay and glaze. See climbing reduction. Source: Clay: A Studio Handbook”

— http://ceramicartsdaily.org/glossary/reduction-firing/

More Info from:
LINDA ARBUCKLE - Reduction Firing
The Potter's Studio - Glazing & Firing - PLEASE NOTE CONE 10
Ceramic Arts Daily - Wheel Throwing Techniques
Handbuilding Techniques
Glazing for Success: 12 Tips to Help You Master Pottery Glazing

Inspiration -
Mary Sweeney Pottery
Minnesota Potters Tour
Paul Heroux 
Chris Archer

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

I have found my passion working in clay where I can create beauty in both form and function. It gives me great joy to create pieces that can become a regular part of people's lives that are also works of art. The process of throwing on the wheel is my favorite.  I love creating a clay canvas on which I can add texture and color with carvings, stamps, slips and glazes to enhance its form.  Each piece is unique and I delight in the infinite possibilities I find in decorating each of them. 

-Mary Sweeney