This is a 3-day hands-on cone 6 electric glaze testing workshop which is designed to show students how to test a base recipe and get various colors. On Friday we will be preparing test tiles with a base glaze and ten colorant variations. We will fire on Saturday in the cone 6 electric kiln and then on Sunday we will discuss the results when they are unloaded from the kiln. The workshop will also be a general overview of ceramic glazes, focusing on cone 6 glazes, reduction and oxidation. We will discuss cones, kilns, firing dynamics and principles as well as applying those principles to various firing cycles. This will lead us into some basic classifications of glazes, like ash, celadon, temmoku, etc.
This is a two-day workshop. The first day will be a demonstration on how to transfer a sketch and draw freestyle onto clay tiles. The instructor will discuss what makes a good composition, how to plan out your imagery and the importance of balance. Using a variety of tools and techniques to carve out images, a variety of strokes are incorporated to represent movement. Students will then practice these techniques with the help of the instructor. On the second day, the instructor will demonstrate how to add color and the importance of touching-up. Students will also learn how to make a piece wall-ready.