Workshop: FIRE AND SMOKE: FIRING FOUR WAYS WITH RAY BOGLE, 9/11 & 11/13
Learn four 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 along with the iridescent brilliance of traditional raku and random lines and smoke trail from horsehair. You will leave this workshop with ten beautiful pots and new ways to fire clay.
This workshop includes a 2.5 hour preparation session at District Clay 9 weeks prior to the firing session. During the preparation session you'll learn about the recommended clay types and forms for successful results. Ray will demonstrate making several forms on the wheel and a simple burnishing technique that will help you efficiently create your workshop pieces. He'll wrap-up with demonstrating several other pre-firing design considerations and address final questions.
The full day firing session is held at Ray's studio in Huntingtown, MD located about 1 hour south of the District Clay Center.
- Maximum 8 participants
- Preparation Session: Saturday, September 11. 9 am-11:30 am at District Clay Center
- Firing Session: Saturday November 13 9 am to 6 pm at MadeWithClay Studio, Huntingtown, MD.
- Each participant will fire 4 Pit Fire, 2 Horsehair, 2 Traditional Raku, and 2 Naked Raku pieces. Participants will provide bisqued pots for firiing.
- Each piece should be no larger than 6"W x 10"H. No large bowls or platters
- Participants should bring a sack lunch.
- Cost: $160 includes glazes and other firing materials.
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!