Wood Firing and Making Work for Atmospheric Kilns
June 2 - 6, 2015
No Longer Available
Jason Hess is a professor of art and head of the ceramics program at Northern Arizona University. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Beloit College and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University. Jason has exhibited his work in over 100 exhibitions at galleries, universities, and art centers across the nation and internationally during the past 10 years. His artwork is featured in the collections of The Renwick Gallery of The Smithsonian Institute and The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University. Jason has participated in artist residencies at The Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. His work is made from a variety of clay materials, which are then fired (generally without an applied glaze) in a wood-burning kiln.
In this five-day hands-on workshop, students will explore glazing and apply a variety of slips to bisqueware, then load and fire a Manabigama wood-burning kiln. Placement within the kiln, stacking, and loading techniques will be discussed in detail. Each student will gain experience firing the kiln and participate in this exciting ceramic process. While the kiln cools, the group will discuss making pots for different areas of the kiln and clay body formulation. There will be two days of demonstrations by the instructor and an evening lecture about his art and working philosophy.
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