The Potters' Round Table
The topic for October 12, 2019:
Challenges in Firing Ceramics: Solving Problems with Pottery Defects and Kiln Performance
from 10 - noon in the
Washington Street Studios Ceramic Arts Classroom
Each Potters' Round Table focuses on the ceramic arts with monthly topics specific to potters. The topic for October 12, 2019 is Challenges in Firing Ceramics: Solving Problems with Pottery Defects and Kiln Performance.
There seem to be so many ways that bad things can happen to good pots. Defects in fired ceramics can originate with the clay, the glaze, as well as the actual firing process. As a follow-up to our three-part series on the different kinds of kilns, this month we’ll discuss problems with kiln operation and firing-related defects. If you have questions about defects or examples of problematic pieces that you’re curious about and would like to share, bring them to the meeting!
And don’t forget about Show and Tell! A segment early in the meetings to give the opportunity for everyone to talk a little about something of interest to them such as showing the pottery that they make, or a new source of information they have discovered, or anything else that might be of general interest. Please give back to our pottery community by bringing an item for 'Show and Tell'.
At Washington Street Studios, we believe the sharing of creative energy and knowledge will improve the quality of our art and increase the appreciation of art within our community. We are striving to create an environment where the arts are shared and appreciated. We want to grow as a family of artists and contribute to our community.
The Potters' Round Table is one of our steps to share our passion for the ceramic arts. On the second Saturday of every month we offer facility as a venue for artists of all medium to share their creative energy and knowledge with other artists and art lovers. The Potters' Round Table events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided by Washington Street Studios.
The format of the Potters' Round Table:
Opening and Show and Tell: Dennis and Phil open the meeting and all attendees are asked to introduce themselves and present their Show and Tell topic
Topic Presentation: Planned to be a short presentation of the topic of the month with open discussions
Community Discussion: Floor is open for discussion on any topic
Fellowship and Studio Tours: Participants are invited to stay and talk with other artists with tours provided for first time attendees on request
If you have any topics you would like to discuss bring them to the meeting!
October 14, 2017: Glaze and Glazing: Tips and Techniques
November 11, 2017: The Basics of Clay: Study of Clay Properties
December 9, 2017: Drying Clay: Tips and Techniques
January 13, 2018: Bisque Firing: What changes happen to the clay?
February 10, 2018: Studio Safety: Safe practices in a ceramic studio.
March 10, 2018: Pyrometric Cones: Measuring temperature with cones.
April 14, 2018: NCECA 2018
May 12, 2018: Defects in Fired Glaze
June 9, 2018: Defects in Fired Clay
July 14, 2018: Atmospheric Firings
August 12, 2018: Washes, Slips, Underglazes and Stains
September 8, 2018: Thixotropy, Quartz Inversions, and other Pottery Mysteries *video available
October 13, 2018: Tips for successful glazing *video available
November 10, 2018: Solving Firing Problems
December 8, 2018: Pottery Myths, Errors and Misconceptions
January 12, 2019: An Introduction to Glaze Chemistry *video available
February 9, 2019: What is Clay?
March 9, 2019: Introductory Chemistry for Potters
April 13, 2019: Pots, Rocks and Minerals: Geology for Potters *video available
May 11, 2019: Treasures in Your Backyard: Use of Local Materials for Pottery *video available
June 8, 2019: Critiquing Your Own Pottery: Design Principles You Can Use. *video available
July 13, 2019: Pottery Kilns Design, Construction and Operation - Wood Fired Kilns 'video available
August 10, 2019: Pottery Kilns Design, Construction and Operation - Gas Fired Kilns 'video available
September 14, 2019: Pottery Kilns Design, Construction and Operation - Electric Kilns 'video available
We look forward to seeing you at future meetings!