with Stefan Jakob and organised by the CSG.
What a great experience!
What a patient man Stefan is.
It would have been quite understandable if he had been totally frustrated
by us all trying to get our heads around building his (very clever) little kiln design.
Instead he just explained it as many times as he needed.
If you are a keen potter this is a workshop not to miss.
It is a great little kiln to add to the studio.
We met on Saturday at 9am
Stefan talked us through and demonstrated what we would be building
Then we paired up so as to help each other hold and drill ect.
I teamed up with this lovely lady Irene Charnas
who I later found out lives a few doors down from my son ... small world
we measured our IKEA bins
drilled and fitted grates
drilled and fitted flues
Here I am sporting my name tag ..... complete with the phonetic spelling
(for all those who do a double take when they see my unusual name)
It is not 'SAD HANA', please!
I am a very happy and optimistic person
SAD is not my middle name or my first name ;~P
It is pronounced 'SARD - a - na'
the A in "Sadh" is long and soft and it is said like an "AR" sound
and the H is silent..... easy.... Sardana = Sadhana :)
So back to kiln building....
insulated the inside..........made tongs...........and presto.................a cute little raku kit
On Sunday we set all our shiny new kilns out ready to fire
Stefan demonstrated how he uses his glazes
(Do you remember the puppet Mr Squiggle ?
These little kilns remind me of Mr Squiggle's rocket .)
reduction materials at the ready
The chimney changed colour ,
the fuel pile got smaller (it only took a milk crate of sticks to fire it to 1,000 degrees).
I can see that my back yard will get nicely cleaned up :)
Within the hour the pots were cooked and thrown into the sawdust and dunked in water
Here are my three...
quite happy but would like to aim for more colour next time.
Once we had finished and packed up
this mark on the gravel was the only evidence of our exciting weekend.
So now I am back to the studio to keep working for our exhibition in our blood
The kiln is glaze firing as we speak.
Just got a nice delivery of raku clay and glaze materials yesterday...
Been drawing tooo......
Need to make more paper....
Then some printing, collage and stitch.......
OH....and also still more basketry to do.....
EEEEEEeeek I must get off this computer!
It's all systems GOooooooo!
Don't forget to check out the Mud Colony for other exciting muddy adventures