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Barrel Firing Workshop
September 5, 2019 - September 21, 2019| $360 – $405
Instructor: Deirdre Puleo
Class Type: Handbuilding
Skill Level: All Levels
Time: Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 (Sept. 5-19); full-day firing Saturday, Sept. 21 Firing Rain Date Sept. 28
Dates: September 5 – September 21
Discover a world of pottery without glaze! In this four-session workshop, you’ll learn how to barrel-fire pots — a modified version of the ancient technique of pit firing. We’ll make and prepare pots using terra sigillatta, “glaze” the pots using sawdust, salt, coffee grounds and other organics, and fire everything in large barrels loaded with hardwood. The results are unpredictable and one-of-a-kind! No pottery-making experience is necessary.
Note: “Firing” day is an all-day event. We load the barrels early in the morning and unload sometime in the late afternoon—it depends on the fire! From start to finish, it’s possibly a 10-hour day. Prepare for the collaborative fun by bringing a picnic lunch, snacks, beverages, folding chairs, blankets, and a sense of wonder! Though attendance for the entire day is not necessary, it is highly encouraged.
$360.00 members/$405.00 non-members, plus a $50 lab fee to cover additional materials. Tuition includes one bag of clay and bisque firing fees. Registration is online only, and is first come first serve. To inquire about the wait list call WSW at (845) 658-9133 or email [email protected].
Deirdre has been making pots for more than 30 years. Because of a terribly low attention span, she has explored virtually every type, process, and technique of pottery making: low fire, high fire, salt fire, soda fire, wood fire, raku…the list goes on. Her current passion is firing pottery in pits, although she also fires in barrels, old barbecue grills, buckets and chimeneas.