Ken Turner explains the alternative fast fire method that imparts a beautiful and colorful atmospheric quality to the surface of your decorative ceramic
work. He is one of the presenters at the Potters Council Alternative Firing Surfaces conference in Minneapolis, on October 11-13, 2013.
When I see mixed media pieces that include ceramic elements, I am always delighted. For example, I have a friend that makes brooches using felted wool, found objects and ceramic beads and buttons. They are delightful. Have you ever used clay in mixed media pieces? How so? What kind of pieces? Informal everyday items, or large “fine art” pieces? - Lori Leary, Potters Council Board Member 2013
Marcia Selsor uses a surface, prepares it to react in a certain way, or reheats and erases it, to create infinite possibilities of surface decoration. She also uses flashing, fuming, smoking, and post firing chemical effects — all of which the following methods will be used at the Alternative Firing Surfaces Conference.
Potters are collectors. At least most of the ones I know are! I like to collect small objects I pick up while walking. They provide an endless source of inspiration for surface design on my posts. What do you collect and why?- Lori Leary, Potters Council Board Member
Billy Ray Mangham will demonstrate techniques for large figurative sculpture along with lessons learned over the course of 40 years of production style Raku firing. He will discuss the use of commercial glazes and underglazes, as well as his personal formulas for glazes and engobes. He is one of the presenters at Potters Council’s Alternative Firing Surfaces conference.
Have you ever been to a workshop? Who was it with and where was it? What was your experience? What did you enjoy the most. What factoid was alone worth the price of admission? – Lori Leary, Potters Council Board Member, 2013
Courtney Murphy will demonstrate both throwing on the wheel, using simple bisque molds with earthenware, with slips and sigs, decorating at the greenware stage, and decorating on top of majolica glazes on bisque using slip trailers and underglazes. She is one of the four presenters at Potters Council’s Altered Approach to Clay conference.
If you were a clay body, what would you be? Clay artists often talk about a clay bodies by giving them characteristics that people possess. Is your clay fussy? Is it dependable or reliable? Is your clay earthy? Sensual? Describe yourself as a clay body and explain why. – Lori Leary, Potters Council Board Member 2013