Smoke & Flame: Firing Three Ways with Ray Bogle
Learn three firing techniques in one day! These fast fire techniques produce some of the most dramatic surfaces in all of ceramics. From the smoky drama of pit fired vessels to the minimalist beauty of naked raku and finally the iridescent brillance of standard raku, you will leave this workshop with beautiful pots and new ways to fire clay.
Join Ray Bogle for this one day workshop held in conjunction with his show in the District Clay Gallery: A Journey through Smoke & Fire with Ray Bogle.
Workshop participants will learn all aspects of pit, raku, and naked raku firings. Learn how to select clay and prepare vessels for these firings plus various decorating techniques that enhance the finished surface. Each participant will fire 4 pit fire, 2 raku, and 2 naked raku pieces.
- 10-5 pm, Saturday April 11. Max 8 participants.
- You bring 8 bisqued pieces, each no larger than 6"W x 10"H. No large bowls or platters.
- $140 fee includes $15 materials fee, glazes, firings and lunch. A prep guide is also included as well as a complimentary publication accompanying Ray's show in the District Clay Gallery.
Ray Bogle has been working with clay and making pots for almost 30 years now. He dates his love for the craft to a high school elective class and credits the U.S. military for sustaining and developing it.
During basic training, he was able to explore pottery through a military arts and craft center. He was then assigned to George Air Force base in California where another pottery facility was waiting. Finally, he discovered more pottery facilities at the Andrews Air Force in Maryland where he was stationed for many years.
Over time, Ray was drawn more and more towards fast atmospheric firing in all its forms. As he became more and more proficient in these most ancient of firing techniques, he created his own studio and built his own gas fired kiln.
Ray, who recently retired, is currently an artist at the CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick, MD, teaches handbuilding and wheel classes for the College of Southern Maryland and Annmarie Gardens, and conducts workshops around the DelMarVa area. He also does outside firing workshops for the District Clay Center.
I consider it a blessing that no matter what obstacles life throws at me I always find myself back to fulfilling my passion… back to the Clay! In fact, I still use the old second-hand Shimpo wheel, which was my first piece of equipment I ever purchased way back in 1983!