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Arbutus Folk School: Material Foundations and Intro to Glaze Formulation - Olympia

  • Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Avenue East Olympia, WA, 98501 United States (map)

Event Description: Cost: $268
Registration closes: April 4
No. of Students: min. 4 max 8
Skill level: Intermediate – prior experience working with clay and using glaze in typical classroom setting required.
Materials provided by student: Apron, Towel, Mixing containers , Second hand/cheap immersion blender, Gram scale that reads at least one decimal points (ex. 2.3 grams)
Recommended model: Ohaus YA501
Bring apron and towel to first class, we will discuss the rest of needed materials in class.
Recommended books: John Britt’s The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes, Brian Taylor’s Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist’s Guide to Glaze and Color. Both will be available in class to take a look. Neither is required.

Class Description: This class will introduce students to the most common materials used to create glazes. Through a series of labs we will create a foundation of knowledge about ceramic materials, the constituent components of a glaze and learn to mix glazes. Students will be introduced to methods they can use to alter glazes to correct flaws, change color, or adjust texture. All labs will be fired to Cone 6 in an oxidation atmosphere. Skills learned in this course can be applied to any firing temperature or atmosphere. This class is recommended for Intermediate students with prior experience working with clay and using glaze in a typical classroom setting.
Note: Student projects in this class will consist solely of test tiles for their glaze batches. If you wish to create additional ceramics, we encourage you to register for open studio; registration for this option can be found in our class listings.

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Hosting Organization: Arbutus Folk School

Title of the Event: Material Foundations and Introduction to Glaze Formulation

Date of the Event: April 7, 14, 21, May 5, 12, 19 (skips April 29 for Arts Walk)

Time(s) of the Event: 1-4 pm