October 9-11, 2020, 9:30am-5:00pm
Cost: $375 (Early Bird Discount: $325 before July 1)
“I love the variation that occurs naturally across the surface of salt, soda and wood fired pots. My own pottery, however, has been reduction fired in gas kilns since the early 70’s. I have been creating atmospheric surface qualities through careful blending and layering of sprayed glazes for over 30 years now!
“In December 2008 I discovered that reduction plays a rather insignificant role in the finished look of my pottery. The cascading rivulets of ash-like glazes and mysterious microcrystalline mat surfaces work just as effectively in oxidation as they do in reduction! Even the rich brown and orange colors that I have always attributed to reduction firing are possible in oxidation.”
In this 3-day workshop, you will learn the spraying and layering techniques that gives Steven Hill Pottery its’ unique look. You will work in Steven Hill’s studio, using Steven Hill’s glazes, Steven Hill’s spray guns, and receive coaching directly from Steven.
Participants should bring 4-6 small/medium size vertically oriented pieces, bisque fired and ready to be glazed. They should be in the range of mug to medium vase (no more than 6-8”). Also bring 2 small horizontal pots (bowls, plates or tiles up to 8” diameter), to see how the glazes react on horizontal surfaces. The clay used should be ^6 – 8, white stoneware or porcelain (preferred) and the pieces should be bisque fired. Steven will be working with Standard 257 English Porcelain.
323 West Maple Ave
Independence MO 64050
Day 1 will be our glazing day. In the morning Steven will address ways to achieve the kind of richness and surface variation in electric kilns that potters have come to associate with reduction / atmospheric firing. The basic techniques of spraying and the more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes will be explained and demonstrated. In the afternoon students will glaze their pots. After pots are glaze, we will load kilns and fire overnight at ^6 – 8 oxidation.
On the second day, Steven will discuss his philosophy on making pottery, while throwing, assembling and applying slip to the forms and techniques that he is well known for. The focus will be on his approach to making gestural forms, and will feature spouts, handles, form, surface, and the relationship between these elements. Steven will demonstrate pitchers, bowls, mugs and tea bowls.
On day 3 Steven will lecture on spraying techniques, equipment, firing cycles, and further glaze experimentation. Finally we will end up by unloading the kilns and discussing the results.
Ophelia’s Restaurant & Inn
201 North Main
Independence, MO 64050
Woodstock Inn Bed & Breakfast
1212 W Lexington Ave
Independence, MO 64050
Higher Ground Hotel
200 N. Delaware
Independence, MO 64050-2633
TollFree: 877 836-0292 or 816 836-0292
323CLAY is located just west of the historic Independence Courthouse and very near Harry S. Truman’s home, and the Truman Presidential Library. There are a number of small hotels, bed and breakfasts, and restaurants in walking distance to 323CLAY.
Steven Hill received his BFA from Kansas State University in 1973 and has been a studio potter since 1975. Steven’s work is exhibited and sold in nationally juried shows and is featured in many ceramics books. He has conducted over 200 workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has written 11 ceramics articles; “An Approach To Single-Firing” (January 1986, Ceramics Monthly), “Long Distance Runner” (December 1989, Studio Potter), “Don’t Put The Flames Out” (February 1994, Ceramics Monthly), “Pulling Handles”, (Spring 1998, Pottery Making Illustrated), “Where You’ve Been Is Good And Gone, All You Keep Is The Gettin’ There” (April 1998, Ceramics Monthly) , “Spraying Glazes”, (March 2002, Pottery Making Illustrated) “Common Ground: A Showcase of National Artists-In-Residence” (Ceramics Monthly, January 2006), and “An Approach to Single Firing – Further In”), (January 2006, Ceramics Monthly), “Rethinking Ceramics Workshops”, (Ceramics Monthly, May 2007), “The Eight Month Workshop: A Journey of Discovery”, (Ceramics Monthly, June 2008). Steven’s most recent article, “Atmospheric-Like Effects for Electric Firing” is in the March 2012 Ceramics Monthly.
In 1998 Steven co-founded Red Star Studios Ceramic Center in Kansas City, MO and he co-founded Center Street Clay in Sandwich, IL in 2006. Currently Steven is doing what he does best… Making pots, writing about ceramics, teaching workshops and letting someone else take care of business! His new home is 323 Clay in Independence, MO.