3 Day Soda Firing Workshop taught by Louis Reilly
Louis Reilly, Dinner Plate, 2015:
Soda fired using the same clay body the workshop participants will use.
See more of Louis' work at louisreillystudio.com
Participants will have an in-depth and hands-on opportunity to learn how to fire the KC Clay Guild Soda Kiln.
Louis Reilly completed a MFA in Ceramics in 2013 with soda firing as the focus of his thesis. Louis worked on developing unique clay bodies that interact with the sodium vapor in the kiln to form beautiful surfaces without the application of slip or glaze. In this workshop, Louis will share his graduate research with the students. Students in the workshop will gain an understanding of firing the KC Clay Guild Soda Kiln to great success!
Students create pots using my custom clay body and have have them bisque fired. Students would have access to studio to make pieces. Pieces with smooth surfaces, broad planes, and clean shapes will interact best with the sodium vapor.
-Short lecture on loading and firing the kiln
-Glaze interior of pots
-Load kiln using wading, seashells, and plate crowns
-Candle kiln overnight
-Hands-on firing of kiln
-Prepare soda mixture
-Artist Talk after body reduction, before soda introduction
-Potluck lunch, BBQ on kiln pad, KCCG to provide proteins
Following Saturday 10am-2pm:
-Examine results over pizza provided by KCCG
-Kiln clean up
Fee: $200 for members, $250 for non-members
8 participants max
Studio time to make pots included
25 Pounds of custom clay body included
Each participant allotted 24”x12”x8” kiln space