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Soda Firing Workshop with Louis Reilly

  • 20 Jul 2018
  • 28 Jul 2018
  • 3 sessions
  • 20 Jul 2018, 4:00 PM 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • 21 Jul 2018, 6:00 AM 6:00 PM (CDT)
  • 28 Jul 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM (CDT)
  • 200 W. 74th Street KC, MO 64114


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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!

Before workshop:  

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.

Friday 4pm-9pm:

-Short lecture on loading and firing the kiln

-Glaze interior of pots

-Load kiln using wading, seashells, and plate crowns

-Candle kiln overnight

Saturday 6am-?:

-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:

-Unload kiln

-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

Questions? studio@kcclayguild.org

KC Clay Guild is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 200 West 74th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114

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