WEEKLONG WORKSHOP: Form, Surface & Wood Fire
  • WEEKLONG WORKSHOP: Form, Surface & Wood Fire


    Thank you for your interest. We've had an overwhleming response for this special combo! Please send april@blackbirdpottery.ca a message of interest. If you have not yet read the full description, please do so first. ;) 


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


    Hands to the wheel, you'll start the week working from April's historic Schoolhouse studio. Forms will be crafted with wood firing in mind. Transition from the wheel 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 and hard-earned potluck! 


    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 understanding of ceramics is an asset.


    A full itinerary will be provided by June 1rst.


    Participants are responsible for their own accomodation, meals and transportation, though it may be possible to do some 'car pooling' throughout the week. 


    This is a Special Introductory offer:

    $510.00 workshop + $140.00 materials = $650.00 +hst


    Material fees include the following:
    ● Cone 6 clay, underglazes, slip and glazes 
    ● Cone 10 clay, slip and glazes 
    ● Bisque form from Blackbird Pottery (for surface explorations) 
    ● Supplies for image transfer 
    ● Full use of studio tools & equipment 
    ● Instruction from 2 studios 
    ● 2 bisque firings 
    ● 1 cone 6 firing 
    ● 1 cone 10 wood firing, wood and material preparation for wood firing


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


    Please review cancellation policy and covid protocols prior to registration.