June 23, 2023
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sunday morning kiln results critique, June 25, 2023
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a day and a half with Fong Choo!
Through the magic of glaze play, you’ll be introduced to unorthodox methods of glazing your work. We will explore low fire, highly fluxed, reactive, and crystal glazes. Selected glazes will be available for you to use and choose from, and a list will be provided. For example, learn how to pair Mayco’s Jungle Gems Cone 04-06 crystal glazes with Mid-Range SW series temperature Cone 5-6 glazes. All these techniques are designed to create a dazzling palette of finishes. Results have been described many ways: Luscious. Random. Runny. ‘Dippy’. Marbly. Amazing. I like to say “They’re so loose they slide.”
Since you’ll be learning to embrace glaze runs, you’ll learn a variety of methods used to harnessing them. Hybrid crystalline catch trays, drip trays, wads, and stilts are all used. We will also address and embrace the inevitable glaze runs! No worries! Diamond discs on the wheel, grinding wheels, a propane torch, and diamond pads will all be used for finishing work. In addition, gain an understanding about the use of a spray gun as another option to glazing your work.
Along with your creativity, and curiosity bring 3 bisque fired shallow bowls (approximately 5”W X 3”H ) and 3 shallow dishes (approximately 5”W X 2”H ). For this workshop to benefit everyone attending, please make sure you adhere to the dimensions of your bisque bowls and shallow dishes. The insides of these vessel become our canvases. Cone 6 clay body is required! Fong prefers porcelain, though any smooth white stoneware will be fine.
Learn to ready runny glaze test tiles. Then apply "dwippy glaze techniques on bisque bowls. There will be demos and discussions on how to harness the glaze runs. There will be demos on how to polish with diamond discs and pads, make catch trays, flat dishes etc.. Then we will load and fire kiln to Cone 6.
Morning - We will unload the kilns for a show and tell share period where we will compare notes.
We hope to see you there! Bring your enthusiasm and we’ll have a glaze load of fun.
Fong Choo has taught workshops across the US and internationally. A native of Singapore, his signature diminutive teapots have won awards at the Smithsonian Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the American Craft Exposition. He’s been an adjunct faculty and artist in residence at Bellarmine University since 1990. However, he is at his best in the flow of the life of a practicing studio potter.
This is Option One - $125
Glaze and Critique only
Friday, June 23,
Sunday morning, June 25
Option two - $325
Three full days of Glaze, Wheel, and Critique
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
June 23-25, 2023
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