Three weeks of practical explorations of wood fired ceramics and a one day seminar discussing issues of wood firing.
The increase in the number of potters and ceramic artists firing with wood has been dramatic in recent years. The challenge and effort creates a bond between artists for whom the artistic aesthetic is a unique experience. Some potters will seek the subtle flashing and quiet blush of the flame in contrast to the heavy ash deposits bearing the evidence of prolonged intensity of fire. Others accentuate clay and glaze surfaces combining wood with salt or soda effects. The commonality for all wood firers is an attraction, and possible addiction, to the intimate relationship between the artist and the creative process of the fire.
Makoto Hatori (Japan)
The wood we use is Acacia, known here as the Hungarian Oak, a hard wood which gives beautiful yellow green ash deposits. It's already cut to size for the various kins and is seasoned at least two years before we use it.