Tom Coleman in Phoenix, AZ. (Full as of 12/28/19) Throw Glaze and Fire Workshop March 9-13th, 2020 (50% deposit)
This Workshop is full as of 12/28/19. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the waiting list.
Workshop Fee: $850.00 A deposit of $425.00 holds your place in this workshop. The remaining balance is due during the week of the workshop.
Workshop Facility: Lots of Potters' Wheels, 30 cu ft Geil Gas Brick Kiln, Electric Kilns, Spray Booths, Compressors.
Phoenix Center For The Arts
1202 N. 3rd St.
Phoenix, Az 85004
Head of Ceramics: Don Ridley
Special Note: This workshop is limited to 18 participants. The schedule of events during this workshop week are based upon decisions made by Don Ridley and The Phoenix Center For The Arts.
Instruction Included in this Workshop: All of the work being done in this workshop is hands-on participation from throwing on the wheel with Tom to spraying slips, glazes and firing cone 10 reduction.
We'll start with hands-on participation learning how to spray slips and glazes on day 1 and 2 of the workshop. Participants will be on the wheels with Tom throwing, decorating with slip, and trimming porcelain starting on Tuesday of the workshop week. During this week we'll be firing one cone 10 reduction kiln firing. And, if there's time, we'll be bisque firing any work ready to bisque by Thursday to be unloaded on Friday of the workshop week.
Glazes For Phoenix 2020: We'll include 6 glazes we're hooked on at the time of the workshop. Tom Coleman and I are always testing glazes. This is how we discover great glazes. But, there's always failure involved in this process. Our goal is to inspire you to test, take risks, and be more creative in your approach to glazing.
Bring up to 8 pre-created bisque fired pottery for glazing and firing during the workshop week in Phoenix. We'll be working with a smaller kiln and spending time on the whells with Tom throwing porcelain. We highly recommend throwing your work in Coleman Porcelain and bisque firing it to cone 08. Remember the work you bring to a workshop is for testing and trying new techniques. This is an educational workshop meant to teach people how to use a hydrometer, apply slips and dip and spray glazes. We might get nice work from the kiln. But, it's best to not bring important work that you're hoping you can show or sell. Tom Coleman and Amy Kline teach traditional and new techniques to practice during the months to follow the workshop.
Special Note: Bring cups, tea bowls, small bottles, medium sized work, etc. No low-bowls or plates. They take up too many shelves in a workshop.
Important Information about Bisque Firing: For this firing workshop you need to create work in Cone 10 Clay Bodies. If you're working in Porcelain: bisque fire to cone 08. For BMix bisque to cone 06. LB Blend, Red or Black Stoneware (like Black Mountain) we recommend bisque firing to cone 06. Important: The bisque-firing temperatures we recommend are important. This way we can apply black slip to some of the work you bring with you for added effects with the glazes we'll be featuring in the workshop. We need the work you bring to be absorbent.
Monday March 9th: Tom Coleman and Amy Kline will start the workshop in the morning with participants spraying Color Slips onto some of the bisque ware you've brought with you. (We're currently working on a new slip formula that doesn't need to be bisque on. This may change things so we can start applying glaze without needing to bisque fire the work again). After lunch we'll load and start the bisque (maybe) while participants spend the afternoon inside with Tom and glaze application demonstrations.
Tuesday March 10th: We'll load the glaze kiln in the morning. After lunch participants will get settled in on the potters' wheels with Tom to start throwing porcelain.
Wednesday March 11th: The kiln will be on pilot the night before so we'll go into reduction sometime between 8:00 - 10:00 am. Participants will continue to throw on the potters' wheel with Tom. He'll demonstrate forms and participants will throw. This is about refining your knowledge and skills for throwing porcelain.
Thursday March 12th: Tom and participants will be trimming work that's leather hard. We'll open the kiln with a glaze critique by mid-morning. After lunch Tom demonstrates more advanced, sculptural techniques on the wheel. Participants are welcome to continue throwing and trimming along with Tom. A bisque might be loaded and fired for participants who are needing to ship work home. This will depend on whether the work is dry enough to bisque.
Friday March 13th: Tom and participants will be trimming work that's leather hard. We'll open the kiln with a Glaze Critique by mid-morning. After lunch Tom demonstrates more advanced, sculptural techniques on the wheel. Participants are welcome to continue throwing and trimming along with Tom.
Our Workshops fill quickly. If you need to cancel you're registration you can do so with a refund up to 60 days prior to the workshop start date. Any cancelation occurring less than 60 days prior to the start date can not be refunded. Plans and arrangements for the workshop have started and the funds are being utilized for the workshop 60 days prior to the start date.