Sustainable Woodfire

Intermediate to Advanced

Experience atmospheric wood-fire with Dan Barnett at his Watermark Studios in Worden, IL. An atmospheric firing process (salt, soda, and wood) is the interaction of a clay surface with fusible materials that are added to the kiln during the firing process to form a glaze on the clay. Dan has developed a high-efficiency, fast-fire wood kiln that uses a small amount of wood sustainably harvested from his land. After 12 hours of firing, the kiln reaches its full temperature and wood ash glazes the pottery.

Workshop Preparation

Students provide their own clay and create approximately twelve pieces (min. 8 pieces), 8 inches in height or less. These need to be bisque-fired and glazed prior to the loading of the kiln. Glazing should be limited to the inside of the vessels since the outside surfaces will glaze as they interact with the ash. Further written instructions will be given upon enrollment. The kiln will be loaded on Saturday, then fired on Sunday with participating students signing up for a 2 hour shift. The kiln will slow-cool for the next week, and vessels will be unloaded on the following Saturday at noon.

Watermark Studios (directions upon registration)

$98 | Members Tuition

$115 | Non-Members Tuition

$30 | Studio Fee (applied at checkout)

Instructor: Dan Barnett

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