Soda Firing for Color, Content, Surface and Substance
Chris Baskin is a nationally recognized clay artist who makes ceramics for utilitarian, aesthetic, and contemplative purposes. Inspired by ceramic works and transformative processes since childhood, he creates objects embodying the mystery of ideas and values existing and manifesting in the material world. Chris completed a Master of Divinity degree in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Alfred University School of Art and Design in New York. He has served as a resort chaplain, mountain guide, and professor at Northern Arizona University and University of Louisville. He currently works and pursues his studio practice at Mudshark Studios in Portland, Oregon.
This three-day workshop focuses on forming and glazing for soda firing. Demonstrations and lectures will address accessing and developing visual images connected to personal ideas and interests. The first day will provide an overview of the soda firing glazing process and loading of the kiln. Students should bring bisqueware for glazing, as well as sketchbooks or other image sources. On the second day, we will fire the soda kiln while Chris demonstrates his forming techniques. Day three will include additional demonstrations in the morning, unloading the kiln and discussion of the work in the afternoon.
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