Mary Kaun-English
Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques

Smoke & Barrel Firing, Pit Firing & Raku

2017 Dates: 20/21/22 May, 2/3/4 September, 7/8/9 October

Courses are suitable for ceramic Artists, professional & hobby potters, students and teachers. Courses last three days and are held at Mary’s studio in Cornwall UK.

Accomodation: There are several reasonably priced B & B’s and hotels in the Camborne area. A list of these will be provided with your registration pack. Camping is available at Goonzoyle, providing showering and toilet facilities.

Travel: Complete Car/Train/Bus/Air travel information will be provided.

Firing materials: All ceramic pieces used, must be brought with you, made from an open bodied clay and bisque fired to a temperature between 820 – 950C. A list of materials and additional items required will be sent with your registration pack.

Cost: Each three day course costs £325. A £100 deposit will be required to secure a place on the course.

Course schedule outline: Courses run from Saturday through Monday from 10am – 5pm. A vegetarian lunch and tea/ coffee will be provided each day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.

Day 1: The first day will begin with an overall explanation of the three firing processes to be used, how they differ, their historical context, explaining the construction of the kilns and how colour is obtained using salts and oxides for flashings of colour and sawdust and paper for black firing. Group discussion time will follow. Students will be given time to prepare their work to be pit-fired in a dug out ground pit in the afternoon. This firing will be left to burn overnight.

Day 2: The pit will be opened on the morning of the second day. The work will be returned to the studio for group discussion on the success of the different materials used in the pit firing, problem solving and aesthetics. Time will be given for students to prepare their work for the barrel and black firings scheduled for the afternoon. At the end of the day there will be an explanation of the follow days Raku firing and final preparation of the work to be used.

Day 3: A brief discussion will be conducted in the studio covering the construction and firing of the Raku kiln before the students build and fire the kilns in situ. Students will have the opportunity to observe each firing, discuss the outcomes and procedures. A recap of the courses activities, a question and answers session will be conducted before departure.