Surface Variation in an Electric Kiln
November 3 - 9, 2024
Shikha Joshi · potterybyshikha.com
Workshop at a glance
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This workshop is an exploration into how to create warm, rustic surfaces associated with atmospheric firing within the constraints of an electric kiln.
- Hand building pots with organic edges
- Kurnuki technique
- Spraying glazes
- Experimenting with surface treatment
- Crushed rock
- Sand and ash
- Create surface variation within the constraints of an electric kiln as a springboard for the students own explorations
Shikha Joshi is a studio potter based in Round Rock, Texas. Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Joshi learned ceramics through community classes and workshops in the US. Her work has been featured at prominent galleries like Companion, Charlie Cummings Gallery and Clayakar. She has exhibited at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts where her work is part of their permanent collection. Joshi has been published in Ceramic Monthly, Surface Design for Ceramics, and 500 Platters. She has taught numerous workshops nationally as well as online, sharing her passion for creating surface variation in an electric kiln.
When working with an electric kiln, one does not have the variables associated with atmospheric firing, so it is necessary to introduce them at different stages of the making cycle in order to create variation. Starting with simple cups, students in this workshop will learn about different surface treatments that can be created at the wet clay stage to result in a rustic look. Students will hand build pots with organic edges, forage for local clay and rocks, and explore how slips, crushed rock, and sand can be applied at the dry stage to increase variation. Students will also learn how to spray glazes such that it creates variation, and how wood ash can be used to highlight glazes in the electric kiln. This workshop will prepare students with a toolkit of ideas that can be employed to create surface variation which they can then use as a springboard for their own explorations.
COURSE FEE: $690
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