DescriptionJuly 21 & 22
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
To begin this two day workshop, Jennifer will demonstrate the technique of “dry throwing”, using two metal ribs to create the shape of the piece, after the basic cylinder has been thrown. Next, she will show how altering and folding that form by hand can add movement and strength. You will see carving techniques on the porcelain when it is leather hard. Once the piece is bone dry, Jen will demonstrate sanding techniques.. The last hour of each day will be devoted to looking at images or actual pieces of each participant’s work and discussing ways that the these techniques can be individually utilized.
Additional alterations to the piece can occur in the white hot heat of vitrification, and we will discuss strategies to encourage and control slumping in the firing. We will discuss the concept of “strength vs. plasticity” in the porcelain as it moves through the working stages from wet to dry through vitrification. The porcelain Jen uses is Miller#550 by Laguna clay. It fires to cone 10.