Session 1: Carbon Trapping with Reduction Firing, Thursday pm
Continuing Wheel: Carbon Trapping with Reduction Firing
Long among potters’ favorite glazes, shinos are responsive, extremely variable glazes that first appeared in 16th century Japan. Shino glazes have relatively few ingredients but offer a range of appearances, depending on how they are applied and fired. Most often iron is the main colorant, and it is drawn into the glaze from the underlying clays or slips during firing. This class will work with sodium-rich shinos that encourage carbon trapping (literally catching soot from the kiln in the glaze surface), and look at how slips and oxides, layering of glazes, clay bodies, wax, texture, and firing time can influence the outcome (although by nature, carbon trapping offers only limited control over what happens!). A previous introductory clay class is a pre-requisite.
Thursday evenings 6:30-9:30
Session 1: January 10 - February 22
Instructor: Gaines Bailey