Sat, Sep 25 | $295.00

Alternative Firing workshop with Scott Stockdale

Join Scott Stockdale, for this exciting pottery workshop to explore a variety of alternative firing techniques. These include naked raku, saggar & horsehair firing. Take your pottery to a new level while you explore new techniques and learn how to make, applying and burnishing with terra sigillata.
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Alternative Firing workshop with Scott Stockdale

Time & Location

Sep 25, 9:30 AM – Sep 26, 4:00 PM
$295.00 , Any Skill Level

About the Event

This is a short course, so we will not be making any work and each participant would ideally bring suitable bisque

pieces - either sculptural or vessel forms. Information on this will be provided after booking. The focus will be on decorating and firing techniques. It is anticipated that each participant will take home around 6 finished pieces. Most pieces should be of modest size (no taller than 8 inches). Bisque pieces will be available to purchase from the organizer if you are unable to bring your own.

Day One

9:30 – 10:00 Arrival (coffee/tea)

  • After introductions and a general briefing, we will move on to exploring how to create bestsurfaces for use with naked Raku techniques
  • Talk about the preferred clay and practice burnishing and make Terra Sigillata
  • We will also discuss, on an individual basis, your own bisque test pieces to decide which are best suited to the different techniques 
  • Inspections of the kilns. How they work, how they are made, how they are fired
  • Discussion on saggars and demonstration of the foil saggar method

1:00  Lunch (a light lunch will be provided)

  • After Lunch- Fire Saggar pieces
  • Opening foil Saggars and discussing results

4:00 Clean up

Day Two

9:30 – 10:00 Arrival (coffee/tea)

  • Apply slip to one-step Naked Raku pieces and start kiln (1)
  • Discussion and demonstration of Naked Raku decorating techniques
  • Participants to decorate work for Naked Raku two-step firing and apply resist slip/glaze
  • Start first two-step Naked Raku firing
  • Apply glaze to remaining Naked Raku pieces
  • Open one-step Naked Raku kiln and reduce work
  • Open first Naked Raku kiln and reduce

1:00 Lunch

  • Continue Naked Raku firing through afternoon
  • Horsehair/feather Raku demonstration and firing
  • Workshop roundup & clean up
  • End of Workshop (usually finish around 4pm but allow for some over-run)
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