Saggar Firing Workshop with Jill Solomon
Special Guest, “Texture Guy”, Larry Elardo
CACF Studios at Lexicon Gallery,
15 Lexington Ave., Magnolia, MA
Fee: $185, Materials and Firing Included
Thursday May 21, 6-8pm:Learn to make Saggars with Larry and Jill
Sunday July 26, 10-3pm:Terra Sig, Burnishing, Copper Wire
Sunday August 2, 10-3pm: Loading your Saggars
Tuesday August 4, 6-8pm: Unloading the Saggars and Debrief with Jill
Knowing how to make saggars is a vital part of the Saggar firing method. Hand builder and Texture Guy, Larry Elardo, will work with Jill to show you how to make your own saggar via a demonstration workshop on the first night. Yo u will leave with templates to make your own saggars to use on firing day. You can fire these yourself or we can fire for you.
Then, as part of the saggar firing process, terra sigillata (a very fine particled clay solution) is applied to the surface of the pieces. The pieces are then burnished, giving the clay a sheen. Next, pieces are placed in the kiln in a closed container (saggar) and surrounded with combustible materials such as seaweed and sawdust soaked in oxides. During firing, these organic materials fume onto the clay, providing rich design and color which enhances the simplicity of basic forms.
You provide: Your saggars which we will teach you to make. Up to 6 bone dry un-bisqued pieces no larger than 8Hx8L.
(Smooth surface bowls, vases, lidded jars, flat dishes and wall tiles work well. Cynthia’s white clay is fine (Miller 510) as is porcelain, raku or low fire clay.)
We provide: Terra sig, burnishing tools, materials, snacks and fun. Feel free to bring snacks to share as well.
**To see Saggar Siren, Jill Solomon’s work click here
**To see Master Hand Builder, Larry Elardo’s work click here
Our prefered method of payment is PayPal:
or you may pay by check:
Make check payable to Seyrel Williams with CACF/Saggar in the memo line. Mail to: Seyrel Williams, 69 Bridge Street, Manchester, MA 01944