Steven Hill Participatory Workshop - Pouring Vessels & Cups/ Atmospheric Effects for Electric Firing
In this 6 day workshop, working alongside Steven Hill, you will throw and alter pitchers and mugs and work with decorative slip. Steven will discuss his philosophy on making pottery, while throwing, assembling and decorating the forms and techniques that he is well known for. The focus will be on spouts, handles, form, surface, and the relationship between these elements.
When glazing, Steven will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with fuel burning kilns and reduction firing. The goal is not to imitate reduction, but to set the stage so that multiple layered glazes can interact with each other in the firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be addressed. All work will be fired at ^6 oxidation.
A note from Steven...
I am an amateur guitarist and singer (highlight the word AMATEUR!). I invite everyone to bring an instrument if you play one (even if it’s just an empty box to use as a drum!) for after-hours jam sessions around the campfire. My good friend, Jon Townley, is an amazing guitarist and also a fine sculptor. Jon will arrive Wednesday night to glaze his sculpture and to lead jam sessions. Jon and I invite everyone to bring a couple of songs (in tab form) for the jams. By the way, if you have seen my video, The Surface Techniques of Steven Hill
, Jon and I did the soundtrack.
Agenda for the week:
Sunday evening 7pm
Monday - Wednesday
The first half of the week the emphasis is on making pots… throwing, assembly, form and surface, including slip. We will do at least one firing, however, with the bisque pieces brought to the workshop. This will help get students comfortable with the concept of spraying and layering glazes.
- The emphasis is on glazing, with theory, demo’s, lectures. Students will glaze the pots they made the first half of the week. We will fire as many kilns as it takes!
- Students will go home with KNOWLEDGE and hopefully a few nice pots, but our motto for the week will be “Process not Product!”
Steven Hill received his BFA from Kansas State University in 1973 and has been a studio potter since 1975. Steven's work is exhibited and sold in nationally juried shows and is featured in many ceramics books. He has conducted nearly 200 workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has written many ceramics articles; "An Approach To Single-Firing" (January 1986, Ceramics Monthly
), "Long Distance Runner" (December 1989, Studio Potter
), "Don't Put The Flames Out" (February 1994, Ceramics Monthly
), “Pulling Handles”, (Spring 1998, Pottery Making Illustrated),
“Where You’ve Been Is Good And Gone, All You Keep Is The Gettin’ There” (April 1998, Ceramics Monthly
), “Spraying Glazes”, (March 2002, Pottery Making Illustrated
“An Approach to Single Firing – Further In”, (January 2006, Ceramics Monthly
), and ,
“The Eight Month Workshop – A Journey of Discovery”, (June 2008, Ceramics Monthly
). Steven’s most recent article, “Atmospheric-Like Effects for Electric Firing” is in the March 2012 Ceramics Monthly
In 1998 Steven co-founded Red Star Studios Ceramic Center
in Kansas City, MO and co-foundedCenter Street Clay
in Sandwich, IL in 2006. Currently Steven is doing what he does best… Making pots, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops and letting someone else take care of business! His new home is 323 Clay
in Independence, MO.
Event fee - Member: $700.00
$750.00 after Tuesday May 1, 2012
Event fee - Non-Member (includes new membership): $735.00
$785.00 after Tuesday May 1, 2012
Pay a non-refundable deposit of $350 and the balance by check in 30 days.