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Instructor: Chris Watt
Sunday - Sunday
October 6 - 13

Sun, Oct 6: Glaze at Castle Hill Studio
Mon, Oct 7: Load Kiln - Start Firing
Tues, Oct 8: Fire Kiln
Wed, Oct 9: Fire Kiln
Thurs, Oct 10: Cooling
Fri, Oct 11: Cooling
Sat, Oct 12: Cooling
Sun, Oct 13: 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.

Chris 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.