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2017 Alternative Firing with James Watkins: October 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 9:30-5:00 2017

Price: $595.00
Manufacturer Model Number: 50
James Watkins is a nationally recognized, phenominal potter.  We are so lucky to have him visiting The Fired Arts Academy!  

The focus of this workshop will be “alternative firing techniques “. Participants will be challenged to address technical issues involved in throwing large scale works. The workshop will include demonstrations that will include large platters, double walled vessels, and other techniques used in producing large scale works. Participants will be encouraged to practice and explore these techniques. The second part of the workshop will include glazing and firing techniques  as illustrated from my book "Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques". which would include fuming, Raku and saggar firing in a metal container. Surface decoration will also be discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring 4 or 5 bisqued pieces to participate in the firings.

All materials are included in this course.  Student's should bring bisque fired pieces to participate in the firings, however some pieces will be available if none can be provided.  This class is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:30am to approximately 5:00 pm.  Lunch will be provided.  Please advise us at least 2 weeks in advance if you have any special dietary needs.  Call Jennifer at 863-648-0585 for help finding a great hotel in the area, or with any other questions about your stay.  

James C. Watkins is a ceramic artist who has been working with clay for over 30 years.  His work is included in the White House Collection of American Crafts, and the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies in Shigaraki, Japan.  Mr. Watkins is a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor.  The Horn Professorship is the highest honor that Texas Tech University may bestow on members of its faculty. Horn Professorships are granted to professors in recognition of national and international distinction for outstanding research or other creative scholarly achievements. Mr. Watkins teaches Architectural Ceramics and Architectural Delineation in the College of Architecture. He is also a recipient of the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  He is a 2005 Fulbright Scholar, teaching in Vietnam at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture.  He is the co-author of two books, “Alternative Kilns & Firing Techniques” published by Lark Books and “Architectural Delineation, Presentation Techniques and Projects” published by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.  His work is also the subject of a book entitled “A Meditation of Fire the Art of James C. Watkins” by Kippra D. Hopper published by Texas Tech University Press. He received his B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute, and his M.F.A. from Indiana University.

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Cancelations made within 4 weeks of the class beginning will be held as a credit towards a future class.   Please be sure of your dates before registering!
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