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Intermediate Porcelain on the Wheel

January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Clay Studio
204 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620 United States
Rick Bisgyer


Thursdays, January 18-March 8
6 pm-9:00 pm
Registration Deadline
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Member Fee / Non-Member Fee
Vessel Refinement, Advanced Glaze Application, and Strategies for Spectacular Results

Explore the silky, seductive, and sensuous quality of working with porcelain on the wheel! Ceramic master Rick Bisgyer will share his strategies and process from clay preparation to successful completion of your quality ceramic vessel over this eight week course.  He will work to demystify porcelain and alleviate the fear and apprehension many have working with it. Rick will help you improve your best practices to work toward better-finished pieces. If you choose not to work in porcelain during this course, Rick assures you that his finishing techniques and intermediate glaze topics are relevant on stoneware clays.

Open to everyone who is highly motivated and has completed a beginner wheel course.
Included in cost of class is eight open studio tickets (an $80 value!). You may then purchase your choice of porcelain and/or stoneware clay from the studio.

Please Note: This class fee does not include clay.
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Class Topics Include:

  • Better wedging and clay preparation
  • Throwing large & fusing multiple pieces to make large vessels
  • Refinements in trimming
  • Pre-design with your piece in mind
  • Tricks of the trade for successful drying
  • Better glaze application: dipping, pouring, spraying, painting, glaze combinations, and viscosity of glazes
  • Additional glaze effects: micro-crystalline glazes, fire-down cooling in the kiln, ash & drip glazes. We can also explore melting glass and metallic application
  • Handles, knobs, stoppers, embellishments, and their secure attachment with paper clay

Recommended companion textbook: The Complete Guide to Mid-Range Glazes: Glazing and Firing at Cones 4-7 (Lark Ceramics Books), by John Britt