COLORFUL SODA CLAY BODIES: an exploration of material
with Carolanne Currier
November 3 -16, 2019
Clay is everything! Well, maybe not everything, but a clay body that is responsive to soda is extremely important for getting colorful surfaces. Come join Carolanne Currier in beautiful Bali for a 2-week workshop, where you will make and fire clay bodies in Gaya's soda kiln. The emphasis will be on investigating how varying the basic clay materials can produce different results.
Our two-week exploration of soda-firing bodies will begin with a baseline firing in Gaya's soda kiln. Workshop participants are asked to bring 6 to 10 bisqued test clay body pieces such as simple cylinders, cups, and small vases for loading into the kiln. Instructions on how to formulate test clay bodies will be sent to each participant prior to the workshop. If participants do not have the facilities and materials to prepare their own test bodies, commercial cone 10 clays can be used; some manufacturers even have bodies specifically designated for soda-firing. Everyone will load the kiln, learning how to place the pots for maximum exposure to flame and soda, and an explanation of the firing regimen will be provided. We will all prepare and add a solid soda mixture into the kiln at Cone 8. After the firing, an examination of the pots should provide us with an idea of what clays/materials have promise for producing flashing and various surface effects. We will use that information to mix new clay bodies using materials at Gaya. A second firing of test pieces with newly formulated clays will hopefully provide additional information. If time permits, a third clay-making process and firing can help us hone in on specific colors and surfaces. While the kilns are cooling, suitable forms for this type of soda firing will be discussed and demoed.
Participants will leave having a good understanding of the basic components of clay bodies and will have a good basis for continuing to research materials suitable for soda firing.
Open to all levels of experience.
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*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.
**Accommodation NOT included.
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