Washington Street Studios and Front Porch Gallery

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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! 

  

Past topics:

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!