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Soda Firing and Form

October 2 - 7, 2022

Stuart Gair  ·  stuartgair.com

Workshop at a glance

Learn how to fire the soda kiln and make forms for atmospheric firing.


  • Firing the soda kiln to cone 9
  • Throw and alter form intended for atmospheric firing


  • Stoneware clay
  • Slips
  • Glazes


  • Throw forms on the potter’s wheel
  • Alter forms by paddling, shaving, pressing, and darting
  • Using bisque hump molds

Artist Bio

Stuart Gair lives in Carbondale, Colorado where he is a studio artist and teaches ceramics at Colorado Mountain College. His background in history and interest in mid-century Scandinavian design inform many of his forms and how they relate to the soda-firing process. Gair taught at Harvard University and recently completed a long-term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.
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Workshop Description

During this workshop students learn how to fire the soda kiln and make forms geared toward atmospheric firing, throw pieces on the wheel, and alter them in different ways. During class you will load, fire, spray soda, unload and discuss the results of the firing. Participants will also make bisque molds to achieve different dish forms. Demonstrations will cover the thought process of making forms for the kiln and what results to expect on the surface of those forms. Class discussions will include slips, glazes, wadding, washes, and approaches to soda firing. Students should bring 10-20 bisqued and slipped pieces of varying size for the firing. This workshop is recommended for intermediate to advanced students, however it is open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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