Day 1: Saturday 29 August, 10am–1pm
Day 2: Saturday 12 September, 10am–5pm (Includes a 30 minute break)
Day 1: Saturday 29 August, 2pm–5pm
Day 2: Sunday 13 September, 10am–5pm (Includes a 30 minute break)
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Who is this class suitable for?
Suitable for all skill levels.
What will be covered in the class?
In this two part intensive with popular ceramicist Lizzie Westray, participants will learn how to make and fire pottery without a conventional kiln.
You will be making a collection of small items in our specialist ceramic studio. Once completely dry, your work is ready for a day of pit firing in Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s secret garden.
An outdoor event with participants loading their fire pits with scrap wood, supervising the firing, especially during the first 3 hours, where you are continually adding small amounts of fuel whilst preventing any 'flare-ups' and sudden temperature changes. It's really not a case of simply lighting it and standing back.
Please be aware, that at points during the firing the atmosphere will be smoky, much like an outdoor log burner.
There will also be smoke firing demonstrations throughout the day, revealing how smoke colouring can add dramatic results to ceramic ware. If you have any bisque fired work from a previous course at home and would like to give it a go, please bring a small item to add to the smoke firing. If you are completely new to ceramics and would like to have a go, please speak to Lizzie about making a small item on Day 1, which can be bisque fired ready for Day 2.
All materials are included.
Day 1. Ceramics Studio (Ground floor with raised tables, narrow doorways)
Day 2. MKAC secret garden (at Great Linford site)
Lizzie Westray is an Milton Keynes based ceramicist specialising in sculptural ceramics and ‘low-tech’ firings such as Raku and wood-fired kilns.