Instructors: Hideo Mabuchi & Chris Watt
June 23 - 30
Sun, June 23: Glaze at Castle Hill Studio
Mon, June 24: Load Kiln - Start Firing
Tues, June 25: Fire Kiln
Wed, June 26: Fire Kiln
Thurs, June 27: Cooling
Fri, June 28: Cooling
Sat, June 29: Cooling
Sun , June 29: Unload
In this workshop students will participate in all aspects of firing a train kiln. This workshop will encourage the development of skill-based learning, foster dialogue about surfaces of wood-fired ceramics and explore train kiln firing techniques. On the first day the class will meet at the ceramics studio to glaze, slip and wad their work. The next day students will meet at the kiln site, discuss loading strategies and begin loading the kiln. That evening students will start firing the kiln and continue stoking for the next 36-40 hours.
Hideo and Chris have co-fired a collection of train kilns at Utah State University and the Banff Center for the Arts. Bringing together their shared knowledge and history of collaboration will prove to be an informative and rewarding workshop.
Hideo Mabuchi is a self-taught ceramist currently focusing on thrown-and-altered vessel forms for atmospheric firings. When not in the studio he teaches and conducts research as a Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. Combining these interests, he is working to develop new teaching approaches that integrate ceramics with scientific and humanistic studies to bring craft into the core of liberal undergraduate education. He is likewise engaged in various studies of the physics of color formation on wood-fired ceramics using high temperature imaging and optical/electron microscopy.
Christopher Watt received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University (USU) in Logan Utah, USA. At USU his advisor was Prof. John Neely, the originator of the train kiln design. Prior to his graduate degree Chris received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Canada. His practice involves a historic and autoethnographic analysis of the social, material and technical practices of atmospheric-fired stoneware and porcelain vessels. His work is a direct analysis of contemporary ceramic processes and how they are continuous with practices of historic traditions. He is currently the Ceramics Program Director at Truro Center for the Arts.