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Intro to Firing Kilns and Surface Decoration PD


Intro to Firing Kilns and Surface Decoration PD



Workshop Schedule

Enrol in the whole day $140

Thursday 7 June 10 – 3pm
LUNCH break 12:30 – 1:30pm 


Learn the skills to maintain, pack and operate your kiln in addition to preparing and maintaining kiln furniture.

Gain hands on experience packing a kiln, setting up stilts or jewellery racks for small objects glazed on both sides.

Be guided through the processes behind kiln maintenance with the use of a kiln in class, understand how to look after elements and foresee issues with kiln bricks or fibre.

Gain a thorough understanding of operating and programming an electric kiln with a controller.

Come armed with questions based on the experience of your kiln for on the spot troubleshooting.

This Professional Development class is aimed at teachers with the primary and high school sector, however is open to the public to attend.

Certificates of attendance will be provided which include a description of the professional development context.

This beginner level workshop is suitable for participants with some previous experience in ceramics, who are seeking methods to decorate works in clay with glazes, underglazes, slip and lustre.

Participants will be introduced to a wide array of decorative techniques and decorating materials for stoneware and earthenware clays. Through demonstrations participants will be shown how to apply these techniques and discover their potential for creating interesting surfaces.  This workshop allows participants to explore and experiment. Our aim is for participants to acquire knowledge and confidence to continue developing their ceramic surfaces into the future. The following techniques will be explored, on leatherhard or bisque tiles. These tiles will be fired for students to keep.

Slip - making slip, stains in slip, texture, trailing, painting, marbling, sgraffito, inlay, mishima. 

Underglazes - painting, paper resist, sgraffito, sponging, including ceramic pencils.

Glazing - dipping, pouring, brushing, layering, cold wax resist, latex, overglaze painting with stains and oxides.

Lustres - application.

Maximum 10 students.

Certificates of attendance will be provided which include a description of the professional development context.