Wood-fire effects in Short Firing Wood kilns
with Markus Bohm (Germany)
16th - 20th April, 2012

Not only about wood ash effects but about wood fire effects which includes clay, glazes and vapor (and their interplay) as well as wood ash.

"Ceramists usually understand under 'fast firing' something different from what I'm doing (fast fire is mostly understood as a firing of about 2 - 7 hours, I'm firing for a whole day). So maybe "Woodfire effects in one day firings" or "...short time firings" would describe my techniques better."

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Many potters like wood firing because of the very livingly and natural surfaces, that sometimes look like paintings made by flames, so that the ready piece is a record of the whole making process including the firing. And for some potters it is still a dream to make such objects, because it seems to be too much effort, smoke and hard work.

Markus Böhm talks about the technical foundations to achieve those effects without a several day firing in an anagama. He will use Masakazu Kusakabes "Smokeless Kiln" at the ICS and will explain Steve Harrisons approach of "Laid Back Wood Firing."

"Laid back wood firing, start in the morning, finish in the night, go to bed on the same day that you got up. Live a normal life, make beautiful objects and enjoy your firing. This is even possible in the city, so little smoke and emissions are developing".

Markus will give technical informations about clays, glazes, packing and firing as well as about kiln design and kiln building. Five very intense days - with a laid back wood firing in the middle.

Please bring bisqued pieces for 1300-1350°C.

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The language of this course will be English and German. (Hungarian translation)

Course fee: 150,000 HUF (incudes self catering accommodation in single room, course materials, firing costs and tuition)

Course Timetable

Monday 16th April, 2012

11.00 Introduction to the course and Markus Bohm presentation about the artists work and practice. See results from wood firing.
14.00 – 17.00 Afternoon class

Tuesday 17th April, 2012

9.00 – 12.00 Pack kiln
12.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.00 Pack kiln

Wednesday 18th April. 2012

Firing kiln

Thursday 19th April, 2012

9.00 – 12.00 Presentations and glaze recipes
12.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.00 Presentations wood kilns

Friday 20th April, 2012 Open kiln and discuss results

There will be no taught evening sessions but students have 24 hour access to the studios if they wish to continue working.

Please email Steve at for details and application.

Wood-fire effects in Short Firing Wood kilns
with Markus Bohm (Germany)
16th - 20th April, 2012


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