Ceramics 101: the Science Behind the Magic and New Techniques for Making Perfect Pots Everytime with Ara Koh. Five 2 hour sessions: Sun, 3-5 pm, June 6-27 & July 11
Ever wondered why bad things happen to your pot? Get both the science and new techniques to make sure your pottery turns out great everytime - or when it doesn't, simple ways to fix it.
This new easy to understand (and implement) technology/technique class will cover drying, glazing, firing and repair work all covered in a mix of online and in person two hour classes.
Plus students are encouraged to bring any and all questions - and your problematic pots - that you would like answers to.
Ara Koh, a DCC resident artist with a Masters Degree in Ceramics from Alfred University, will pry back the veil on the ceramic process.
Details: Five 2-hour sessons on Sundays from 3-5 pm. Two online sessions (6/6 & 13) followed by three in studio sessions (6/20, 27 & 7/11; no class July 4th). Max. 8 people.
1) Firing works/kiln/cones
Learn what your piece goes through during firing. How does the firing happen and what difference does cone 6 and cone 10 have? What is reduction firing and why do we have gas kiln?
2) Glaze/clay/ceramic material
How does glaze become glass? Glaze formulation and mistakes answered.
In studio sessions:
1) Moisture control/drying properly
Making is fun, but drying is always tricky. How do we prevent warping? Why does my pot wiggle after firing? How do I know when my pot is ready to be fired or not? It is crucial to know how to dry your pot.
2) Crack mending/fixing mistakes
You shouldn’t get too attached to your pot, but I know you love your little clay baby. If you are clumsy like me making mistakes all the time, let me help you with the cracks and mistakes.
3) New glazing techniques
You've dipped your pots for years. But did you know there are other exciting ways to glaze? Ara will show you fun new ways to glaze your pots.
Plus, don’t want to grind runny glaze on the bottom? Make some simple changes that could save you so much time.
About Ara Koh:
Ara Koh received her MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University and her BFA in Ceramics and Glass from Hongik University in Seoul. She was an international exchange student at Cal State Long Beach and has exhibited in the United States and Korea.
Ara received numerous awards including the Minister of Foreign Affairs Honor by the Korean government. Her works are collected by Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Daekyo Culture Foundation, Winell Corporation, and many personal collectors.
During her time in District Clay, Ara will be exploring how architecture and space is defined by brick modules.
araangelako (at) gmail (dot) com.