Workshop: Pit Firing with Kerrie Docker

Create a batch of pit fired ceramics over two weekends of workshops, with artist Kerrie Docker.

Pit firing is the original method for baking clay pottery, with examples dating back 30,000 years. Pottery is formed from clay and then put deep in a fire pit in the ground. This method makes use of the absorbent surface of the bare clay, with the movement of the fire, the burning of elements in the fire and those being released from the clay creating a unique finish to each piece. Open pores in the clay receive and retain colour and patterning from the fire, with different combustible materials and clay varieties adding extra dimensions to the finish.

This workshop will be delivered over 4 dates, at Table Top Pots studio close to Albury.

Saturday 22 August, 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Prepare your raw pottery pieces, using either wheel throwing or hand building techniques.

Sunday 23 August, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Finish your pottery pieces by turning, burnishing and colouring them so they are ready for bisque firing.
Kerrie will perform the bisque firing stage in between the weekends.

Saturday 5 September, 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Prepare the pit for firing at Table Top Pots Studio. Students will bring items to contribute to the burning to add colour to the pit (such as dried banana and veggie skins, seaweed, nut shells, horse hair, coffee grounds, etc). Combustible materials will be added to the pit with sawdust and pots and will then be lit. Participants will help add to and manage the fire and learn to understand the process unfolding in the pit.

Sunday  6 September, 10.00am - 11.00am
Unearth the pots from the pit and enjoy the reveal of the different finishes and effects achieved in the firing. Students will be able to discuss the results with Kerrie and gain a stronger understanding of the variables that resulted in each individual piece.

  • When
    22 & 23 August, 5 & 6 September
  • Where
    Table Top Pots, Albury.
  • Price
    $165 ($150 member / concession)

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