Join in a participatory workshop alongside Steven Hill, altering mugs, bowls, pitchers and other forms. Steven will introduce decorative slips and unique glaze applications. He will discuss his philosophy on making pottery, while throwing, assembling and decorating the forms and techniques that he is well known for. The focus will be on spouts, handles, form, surface, and the relationship between these elements.
When glazing, Steven will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with fuel burning kilns and reduction firing. The goal is not to imitate reduction, but to set the stage so that multiple layered glazes can interact with each other in the firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be addressed. The pots will be fired at ^6-8 oxidation. Steven is a thrower and his demonstrations will be on throwing and assembly, but hand-builders are welcomed as well.
July 24-29, 2016