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Form, Surface & Wood Fire, September 16-22
  • Form, Surface & Wood Fire, September 16-22


    With a combined 40+ years experience in clay, we are committed to sharing skills and igniting passion with a side of humour in this dynamic duo workshop. 


    Hands to the wheel, you'll start the week working from April's historic Schoolhouse studio. Not to worry, handbuilders... we've saved some space for you too. Forms will be crafted with wood firing in mind. Transition from raw work to an in-depth exploration of surface from greenware to bisque forms. We'll dive into resists, image transfer and layering. After three days of making, we switch gears and locations.


    Armed with wares, you will be welcomed to Lisa's Homestead Studio where she'll guide you through glazing and preparing work for a choreographed loading of her wood fired kiln. Next, spend a day stoking the kiln and learn the intricate skills of heat work over time.
    While the kiln cools, return to Blackbird Pottery to finish image transfer work and deepen your understanding for mid-fired ceramics. On Sunday, we return to Homestead, unload the wood kiln and wrap-up with a celebratory critique. 


    Though it's a full week, we’ve built in flex time for R&R in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands. 


    Please Note: this workshop is not suitable for beginners. Experience with the potter’s wheel and a general working knowledge working with clay is helpful. 


    Please specify whether you are joining for wheel work or handbuilding upon registration. If you are unsure if this is a good fit for you, please don't hestiate to reach out!


    A full itinerary will be provided by August 1rst. 


    Participants are responsible for their own accomodation, meals and transportation. It may be possible to do some 'car pooling' throughout the week. Helpful resources for area accommodations can be forwarded upon request. We've included a map of the area, the distance from our studios is approximately 20 minutes by car. 


    Early Birds register by April 24th save 10%

    Fees: $850 - 10% discount =  $765.00 + $100 material fee

    $865.00 + $112.45 hst

    Total: $977.45


    After April 24th

    $850 +$100 material fee = $950.00

    950.00 +123.50 hst

    Total: $1073.50


    Material fees include the following:

    Cone 10 clay, slip and glazes 

    2 Cone 6 Bisque forms from Blackbird Pottery (for surface explorations) 

    Supplies for image transfer, underglazes, slips, glazes

    Full use of studio tools & equipment 

    Instruction from 2 artists, 2 studios, 2 kilns and 2 firing ranges!

    2 x bisque firings 

    1 x cone 6 firing 

    1 x cone 10 wood firing, wood and material preparation for wood firing


    In the case of severe weather, other arrangements may be required. 


    Please review our cancellation policy and covid protocols prior to registration. 

    • Cancellation Policy

      Cancellation Policy

      • If cancelled by May 1rst 2024, fees will be refunded minus a $50 admin fee. 
      • If cancelled after May 1rst 2024, a refund, minus a $50 admin fee can be issued ONLY if there's a qualified participant to fill your spot. (ie. waiting list) 

      If Blackbird & Homestead have to cancel due to extenuating circumstances, a full refund minus the admin fee of $50 will be issued. 

    • Covid Protocols

      We ask that participants continue to self screen prior to attending workshop.

      We continue to monitor provincial health guidelines. At this time, masks are required indoors.

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