Clay Workshops - Summer 2015

 

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High Fire Glaze Firings - Ceramics Manager

Ongoing throughout the summer
Did you take an amazing class and leave with new friends, boundless inspiration and bisque-ware? Contact the Ceramics Managers to schedule a time to get your things glazed. (The kiln will be fired as often as possible once there is enough glazed work to fill it.) Fee: $25 per cubic foot of kiln space.

Salt Firings - Ceramics Manager

Ongoing throughout the summer
The Castle Hill Salt Kiln is turning out amazing fired results! Salt firing is the process of introducing salt into the kiln that reacts with the materials in the clay and glazes to form intriguing and dynamic surfaces. Contact the Ceramics Managers to schedule a time to get your things glazed and wadded and if you have any questions about clay bodies, slips and glazes that will take full advantage of the salt firing process. (The kiln will be fired as often as possible once there is enough glazed work to fill it.) Fee: $30 per cubic foot of kiln space.


Raku Pottery: Diane Heart
June 15 -16, 18 -19
Monday -Tuesday 9am - 12pmDiane Heart
Thursday - Friday 9am - 4pm
4 Sessions
$415

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Raku pottery is an ancient Japanese firing technique that has its roots in the Zen tea ceremonies. There is no thrill like peering into a glowing hot kiln and witnessing the pots transform. Reaching with tongs and removing the pots into barrels of seaweed and sawdust results in one-of-a-kind pieces every time. The first two sessions will be spent creating pieces on and off the wheel . Beginners are encouraged and welcomed . The last two sessions will be spent firing.

Since 1976, Diane Heart has been honing her craft in this field. She has worked in two large production potteries and was studio assistant at Haystack School of Crafts. Diane also taught pottery in her own studio as well as for Cape Cod community college, t he Chatham C reative A rts C enter, and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.


Pattern and Color on Clay: Adero Willard

June 22 -26
Monday - Friday
9am – 1pm
5 Sessions
$415

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Whether you have a penchant for decoration or just a love for clay, the goal of this workshop is to stimulate curiosity and initiate play in order to generate new ways of working with form and surface. Using wax and paper resists, slip trail, sgraffito, and inlay, I will show you how to work with color and pattern to create complexity and depth on the clay surface. Through demonstrations and hands- on practice you will learn to apply these techniques.
Alongside surface exploration, we will be make clay forms on and off the wheel, developing a better understanding of how to integrate surface with form.
All levels are welcome
My decorative techniques are done at the leather hard stage.

Adero Willard currently lives in Western Massachusetts where she is a studio potter and instructor of ceramics at Holyoke Community College. Adero received a Bachelors in Fine Art at Alfred University in 1995 and Masters of Fine Arts at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, where she studied with Walter Ostrom and Neil Forrest. She completed a year-long residency in 2008 at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, where she was the Salad Days Artist.  As a full time artist, Adero has shown in a number of galleries and craft shows nationally, including Ferrin Gallery, Craft Boston and Smithsonian Craft Show in DC. She has taught at a number of universities and art centers throughout her career.  Adero's work is featured in a number of publications and books on ceramics. Her interest in surface decoration is lifelong, and is fueled by a passion for textile design, painting, and collage.  www.aderowillard.com


Wood Firing – Brian Taylor
June 28 - June 30 and unload Saturday July 4th at 9am
Starts Sunday at 9am
Highland Center
$340

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Brian TaylorCome experience the excitement, camaraderie and beautiful results of wood firing in Castle Hill’s wood kiln! You’ll help stoke the kiln all the way to 2300 degrees using only wood as a fuel source, all the while creating colorful flashing and ash deposits on your pieces. Students will participate in all aspects of the firing. Bring your bisque pieces of various sizes (4 cubic feet or about 30 pots) to glaze and fire. All bisque-ware must be ^10 clay. We will glaze and load all day Sunday and fire the kiln from Monday morning into Tuesday night. The exciting unload will be on Saturday morning. Contact the Ceramics Managers if you have any questions about suitable clay bodies, slips and glazes that will take full advantage of the results possible with the wood firing process.

Brian Taylor has been practicing ceramics for the past 18 years.  He received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2010 from Alfred University and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Utah State University in 2006. His work is exhibited nationally and he recently co-authored the book Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artists Guide to Glaze and Color. He has fired and helped construct numerous kilns throughout his career including a train-style kiln at USU designed by his professor, John Neely, the original creator of the train kiln design.  Brian is currently the Ceramic Program Manager at Castle Hill and has had the pleasure of firing the train kiln there with great results! 

 


Tile: Surface and Geometry - Kala Stein

June 29 - July 3
Monday - Friday
9am - 1pm
5 Sessions
$415

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Kala SteinLearn tile making while exploring geometric, organic, and surface design. This class is open to all levels including beginners. You will learn a variety of tile- making techniques to create slab tiles, press molds, ceramic postcards, and decorative tiles. You will learn how to surface your tiles with sgraffito, mishima, under-glaze, and once firing. Come with an idea or learn as you go. You will complete the workshop with finished tiles ready to be hung and return home with the fundamentals to continue tile- making in your own studio.

Kala Stein is an artist and educator from the Finger Lakes region in New York State. She runs a small batch design and production studio and teaches ceramics at Alfred University where she also is the Director of the Cohen Gallery. She is committed to empowering rural artists and developing sustainable practices with her work, and is co-founder of Cuisine Culture, www.CuisineCultureNow.com. Kala's tile- making background comes from her two years as a tile maker at the historic Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, PA. www.kalastein.com


Animal Sculpture: Pattern on Clay - Hannah Niswonger
July 6 - 10
Monday - Friday
9am -1pm
5 Sessions
$415

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Hanna NiswongerIn this 5-day workshop we'll focus on building clay sculpture inspired by animals. We'll look at a variety of ways of building, but will focus special attention on slab construction. Hannah will demonstrate methods of adding pattern and color to slabs before building with them. We'll discuss printing materials and techniques for creating simple prints on clay, and how to incorporate printed clay into clay sculpture.
Students should bring to class the images and/or drawings of animals they intend to incorporate into their work.

Hannah received an MFA in ceramic sculpture from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. As an undergraduate she attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where she received a BA in studio art. She has taught courses in ceramics at MassArt, Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. She exhibits regularly in galleries and juried craft shows, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art Show, the Smithsonian Craft Show and CraftBoston. She is a founding member of POW! (Pots On Wheels), a collaborative mobile outreach and gallery project. She lives in Winchester, Massachusetts with her husband, three kids, a dog and several fish.

 


Looking Lively! Throwing, Soft Altering, and More: Gay Smith

July 13 -17
Monday- Friday
9am - 1pm
5 Sessions
$415

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Gay SmithWe'll work with exciting ways to make pots. Working with soft clay makes pots fresh and sassy, like they jump up and dance. Utilizing techniques she's developed, Gay will show how to shape pots into squares, ovals, triangles, and more; and how to texture surfaces using faceting, fluting, and impressing. Also, how to make lids for these. Finishing touches, like handles and feet, enhance and complete our pots. U tilizing over 30 years of skill mastery and teaching experience, Gay will pay particular attention to the interests and work of each individual with support and feedback for taking the next creative or technical leap. All levels of skill from beginning on are heartily welcome.

Gay Smith, aka Gertrude Graham Smith, is a studio potter who single fires porcelain ware in a soda kiln near Penland School in Western North Carolina. Artist-in-residencies include the Archie Bray Foundation and Penland. Teaching credits include workshops at Penland, Haystack, Harvard and the Findhorn Foundation. Her work is shown internationally, included in collections like the Mint Museum, Taipei County Yingge Museum, and can be viewed in numerous publications including Functional Pottery, Mark Making by Robin Hopper, Working with Clay by Susan Peterson, and as a cover feature of Ceramics Monthly. Grants include a 2006/7 North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship award, and two NC Regional Arts Project Grants. She currently serves on the Board of Penland School of Crafts.

*Students enrolled in this course are invited to participate in a Salt Firing this week. If there is enough work to fill the kiln, pieces will be fired before the workshop ends. Please bring your ^10 bisque-ware to the first day of class to glaze and wad. Fee: $30 per cubic foot of kiln space.


Wheel Throwing Basics - Brian Taylor Brian
July 20 - 24
Monday -Friday
9 - 1pm
5 Sessions
$415

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Ever wanted to try your hands at the pottery wheel? Do you have some experience but you feel like you just want a refresher? This exciting 5-day session will cover the basics of using the pottery wheel to create beautiful cups, bowls and plates. We’ll alter forms off of the wheel, carve embellishments and add colors by the end of the week. Pieces will be fired by the beginning of the next week for pickup or shipping arrangements can be made.  

Brian utilizes a broad range of techniques for making his colorful, functional pottery. He has been a resident artist, taught classes and worked for many art centers and universities across the country and is currently the Ceramics Program Manager at Castle Hill. His work is exhibited nationally and he recently co-authored the book Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artists Guide to Glaze and Color.  He received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2010 from Alfred University and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Utah State University in 2006.


Smoke, Clay, Fire - Judith Motzkin
July 27 - 31
Monday - Friday
9am - 1pm
5 Sessions
$415

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Judith MotzkinOpen to any level, this is a week of smoke and fire captured in a porous burnished clay surface. It is about the basic elements of clay and fire, the beauty in the accidental and the serendipity of the process.  In the beginning of the week we will make appropriate work in clay and prepare the surfaces with burnishing and terra sigillata slips. We will learn about the spectrum of primitive to experimental firing methods, how to prepare combustibles and minerals and how to use them for best effects.  Work will be bisque fired midweek to prepare for firings.  These may include pit-fire, open air firing, and containers (saggars) in a gas kiln. We will work to set up circumstances for beautiful, haunting, or exciting accidents of the fire appropriate to the work at hand. We will experiment, play with fire, take risks, read the results, and fire again with new information. 

Judith Motzkin's "flame-painted" clay vessels are represented in the permanent collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Crocker Art Museum, Danforth Museum of Art, and Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum. Her work has been published on the covers of books—Lark Book's 500 Bowls, and Rockport Publisher's Best of Pottery and Ceramics Monthly (11/01). Motzkin has taught at Harvard Ceramic Studio, MIT and Massachusetts College of Art. She was the founding director of CAOS Open Studios. Motzkin studied Chinese and Asian Art History at Cornell University. She has been working in clay for over 40 years. She served as a visiting artist in residence at Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute in China. Judy founded and directed CAOS, the first open studios in Cambridge. 

 


Let’s Talk: A Conversation Between Form and Imagery – Kathy King
August 3 - 7
Monday - Thursday
9am - 2pm
4 Sessions
$415

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Kathy KingThis workshop will center on building a personal vocabulary of imagery while considering methods for composing that imagery i nto the wheel-thrown, hand- built ceramic form. With humor as a tool to create narratives within her work, King will introduce some non-traditional ideas about function and methods of storytelling. Students will incorporate their own imagery by carving through slip-colored clay (sgraffito) in addition to experimenting on leather-hard clay with transfer techniques. kathy king

King is currently an active studio artist in the Boston area where she is both Instructor and Director of Education at the Harvard Ceramics Program and is a Visiting Faculty at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Her undergraduate work included the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as receiving her BA in Studio Art with a major in Ceramics from Connecticut College, New London, CT in 1990. She received her MFA from the University of Florida, Gainesville i n 1998. Her work has been widely exhibited and published in numerous books and periodicals. She has given workshops and lectures at over fifty colleges, schools and art centers throughout the USA. www.kathykingart.com.

 


Pots A la Carte: Mark Shapiro
August 10 - 14
Monday - Thursday
9am - 3pm
4 Sessions
$425

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 Mark ShaiproWhat are the pots you return to again and again, repeatedly making them in your own studio and using them in your home? This class will focus on pots students choose. We will generate a list —specific pots such as cups, mugs, bowls, pitchers, teapots or perhaps more general elements such as handles, lids, or spouts. The goal is to go home with some new techniques and practical ideas about how to improve your own menu of go-to pots. Some wheel experience preferred, but beginners are welcome.

Mark Shapiro makes wood-fired pots in Western Massachusetts. He is a frequent  workshop leader, lecturer, curator, panelist, and writer, and is mentor to a half-dozen apprentices who have trained at his Stonepool Pottery. His work was featured in the 4th World Ceramics Biennial in Icheon, Korea, and is in many public collections. His interviews of Karen Karnes, Michael Simon, Paulus Berensohn, and Sergei Isupov are in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and he edited A Chosen Path: the Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes (UNC Press). He is on the advisory board of Ceramics Monthly, and is a contributing editor to Studio Potter Magazine. 


Wood Firing: Brian Taylor
August 16 - 18 and unload Saturday August 22 at 9am
Starts Sunday at 9am
Highland Center
$340

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Wood Firing at NightCome experience the excitement, camaraderie and beautiful results of wood firing in Castle Hill’s wood kiln! You’ll help stoke the kiln all the way to 2300 degrees using only wood as a fuel source, all the while creating colorful flashing and ash deposits on your pieces. Students will participate in all aspects of the firing. Bring your bisque pieces of various sizes (4 cubic feet or about 30 pots) to glaze and fire. All bisque-ware must be ^10 clay. We will glaze and load all day Sunday and fire the kiln from Monday morning into Tuesday night. The exciting unload will be on Saturday morning. Contact the Ceramics Managers if you have any questions about suitable clay bodies, slips and glazes that will take full advantage of the results possible with the wood firing process.

Brian Taylor has been practicing ceramics for the past 18 years.  He received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2010 from Alfred University and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Utah State University in 2006. His work is exhibited nationally and he recently co-authored the book Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artists Guide to Glaze and Color. He has fired and helped construct numerous kilns throughout his career including a train-style kiln at USU designed by his professor, John Neely, the original creator of the train kiln design.  Brian is currently the Ceramic Program Manager at Castle Hill and has had the pleasure of firing the train kiln there with great results! 

 


Beginning Throwing: Let’s start making pots! Tom White
August 17 - 21
Monday - Friday
9am - 1pm
5 Sessions
$415

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Tom WhiteAlways wanted to? Thought about it? Well this one's for you!  A beginning throwing workshop. During the week we'll cover everything you'll need to get throwing on the wheel. Wedging, throwing and trimming will be explained through class demos and one-on-one problem solving. We'll conquer pulling handles and lids. We'll decorate and enhance surfaces by carving and faceting, taking your early pots to the next level. Daily demonstrations of a variety of pots will give you ideas to think about when you leave.    So.....get you apron and tools together and join me in Castle Hill this August!      If dry, pottery will be bisque fired to take home.

Tom White is a full time studio potter in Northfield, MA. He has operated a studio there for 36 years where he produces stoneware and porcelain pottery that he sells at his studio/gallery and numerous galleries throughout the United States. He exhibits in solo and group exhibitions regularly. Over the years he has taught and presented workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the Pratt Institute of Art and University of Massachusetts. His work has been represented in Ceramics Monthly and American Craft. www.tomwhitepottery.com

 


Slab Constructed Pottery: From Flat to Round: Bill Griffith

August 24 - 28
Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm
5 Sessions
$415

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Bill GriffithWorking with soft slab construction techniques, participants will explore making a variety of functional forms including cups, pouring pots, vases, platters and one of a kind presentation pots. An emphasis on form, texture and surface pattern will be included. You will discover new ways to create fabulous forms. Beginners welcome!

Bill Griffith is the program director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in TN and a working clay artist. His work has been included in international and national juried exhibitions and published in several national publications. Bill is a recipient of an Individual Artists Fellowship awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Bill has been active as a juror for craft festivals and national juried exhibitions. He continues to lecture and demonstrate as a visiting artist nationally and regionally for conferences, universities and art guilds. www.billgriffithclay.com


Hand Building and Raku Firing: Jim Brunelle
August 31 - September 4
Monday, Tuesday 9am - 12pm, Thursday, Friday 9am - 4pm
4 Sessions
$415

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Jim BrunnelleThis class will explore the many wonders of form and surface through a variety of hand-building techniques by building a personal vessel or small figurative sculpture. Students of all levels of experience (beginners welcome) may take this further by building a pedestal that displays the vessel/sculpture. Students will complete an archival object that marks their time and presence with this piece, and then experience and witness its Raku firing. The class will build with clay and other materials for two days, take a one-day break while the pieces dry for bisque firing, and return to Castle Hill for glazing and firing on the final two days.

Jim Brunelle returns to Castle Hill from Hartford, CT, bringing his teaching and hands-on techniques to a variety of interest levels. He has a wide range of experience in working with clay, including wheel throwing, pinching, sculpting, and primarily Raku firing. His works bear evidence of his recent discoveries using the kilns at Castle Hill. Among these are salt reduction and oxidation firings.


Susan RawcliffeExotic Clay Flutes & Sound Makers:

Susan Rawcliffe
September 7 - 11
Monday - Friday
9am - 3pm
5 Sessions
$550

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Work with renowned flute maker, Susan Rawcliffe, to make a variety of ceramic musical instruments. We begin with the basics: making an ocarina and tuba flute, an airducted pipe, a simple cross-blown flute, and trumpet/didjeridu. Students can continue to develop these projects or begin more complex ones: sculptural whistle structures, and single or double chambered bottles--with whistles inside or outside of a sculptural enclosure; large didjeridus; howlers; and more. Those with patience, persistence, and good ears can begin learning to make and tune fine ocarina flutes.
Please look at my web page and Y ouTube videos for ideas & inspiration. Susan Rawcliffe

Susan Rawcliffe has been making, playing and researching ceramic flutes, pipes, ocarinas, whistles, trumpets and sound sculptures for over 30 years. Projects have included a McKnight Visiting Composer's grant in Minneapolis, MN; a National Endowment for the Arts grant to research prehispanic ceramic flutes in Mexico; and in 2011, a Cultural Explorers International grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, for research on a collection of 300 West Mexican prehispanic clay flutes in Bangor University, Wales, UK.
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Salt Firingmakers

 


Wednesday Clay: Brian Taylor
Session I - September 23, 30 October 7, 14, 21, 28
Session II - November 4, 11, 18, December. 2, 9, 16
Wednesdays
9am - 12pm
6 Sessions
$ 225

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Wednesday Clay is an exciting session that is designed to expose students to both wheel throwing and hand building techniques based around pottery making. Demonstrations will vary between handbuilding and wheel throwing depending on class dynamic and interest.
Class is held on Wednesdays from 9-Noon.
All classes include 2 free open-studio days of Mon.-Fri. 10-4pm.

Brian utilizes a broad range of making techniques for his colorful functional pottery. He has been a resident artist, taught classes and worked for many art centers and universities across the country and is currently the Ceramics Program Manager at Castle Hill. His work is exhibited nationally and he recently co-authored the book Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artists Guide to Glaze and Color.  He received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2010 from Alfred University and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Utah State University in 2006.

 


Throwing by the Gallon: American Crockery Forms: Guy Wolff

September 26 & 27

10 - 4, Saturday & Sunday

$300

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This class will be a conversation on traditional throwing and how its structural laws relate to you at the wheel. This will be a class open to all interested in the wheel and will be a one-on-one response to giving
traditional directions to your throwing.  We will learn how to move clay under compression and the use of ribs, as well as working larger and clay joinery.

Guy Wolff is a potter trained in Britain and America and has been making
pottery since 1966 . His life's work has been a study of how clay moves. His pots are at Monticello, Mt Vernon, the White House, Winterthur Museum, and the Mingai Kon Tokyo. He has also been a frequent guest on Martha Stewart.

 


 

Columbus Day Wood Firing: Brian Taylor

October 10am - 12pm and unload Saturday, October 17 at 9am
Starts Saturday at 9am
Highland Center
$340

 

 

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Come experience the excitement, camaraderie and beautiful results of wood firing in Castle Hill’s wood kiln! You’ll help stoke the kiln all the way to 2300 degrees using only wood as a fuel source all the while creating colorful flashing and ash deposits on your pieces. Students will participate in all aspects of the firing. Bring your bisque pieces of various sizes (4 cubic feet or about 30 pots) to glaze and fire. All bisque-ware must be ^10 clay. We will glaze and load all day Saturday and fire the kiln from Sunday morning into Monday night. The exciting unload will be on Saturday morning. Contact the Ceramics Managers if you have any questions about suitable clay bodies, slips and glazes that will take full advantage of the results possible with the wood firing process.

WoodBrian Taylor has been practicing ceramics for the past 18 years.  He received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2010 from Alfred University and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Utah State University in 2006. His work is exhibited nationally and he recently co-authored the book Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artists Guide to Glaze and Color. He has fired and helped construct numerous kilns throughout his career including a train-style kiln at USU designed by his professor, John Neely, the original creator of the train kiln design.  Brian is currently the Ceramic Program Manager at Castle Hill and has had the pleasure of firing the train kiln there with great results! 

 


Try it! Wheel Throwing - Brian Taylor
October 22
Thursday
6 – 9pm
1 Session

$100

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High Fire Glaze Firings – Ceramics Manager
Ongoing throughout the summer
Did you take an amazing class and leave with new friends, boundless inspiration and bisque-ware? Contact the Ceramics Managers to schedule a time to get your things glazed. (The kiln will be fired as often as possible once there is enough glazed work to fill it.) Fee: $25 per cubic foot of kiln space.


 

Salt Firings – Ceramics Manager
Ongoing throughout the summer


The Castle Hill Salt Kiln is turning out amazing fired results! Salt firing is the process of introducing salt into the kiln that reacts with the materials in the clay and glazes to form intriguing and dynamic surfaces. Contact the Ceramics Managers to schedule a time to get your things glazed and wadded and if you have any questions about clay bodies, slips and glazes that will take full advantage of the salt firing process. (The kiln will be fired as often as possible once there is enough glazed work to fill it.) Fee: $30 per cubic foot of kiln space.

 


 



 



 

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