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.
In 2001 the first Fire Magic symposium was held in Kecskemet, led by American kiln master Frederick Olsen. During that 3 week symposium a large cross draught anagama kiln was built and fired. In 2008 we plan to build and fire a new kiln of a different design. In addition there will be firings in some of the other 6 wood kilns here in the studio.
Three weeks of practical explorations of wood fired ceramics and a one day seminar presentation by symposium members. During the three weeks there will be opportunities for making the work for the firings and participating in the kiln building and firings.
Invited artists include:
FREDERICK OLSEN (USA)
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.
The cost of participating in this program is 189,000 Hungarian Forints and this includes your accommodation in a single room with shared facilities on a self catering basis, your studio space and use of all facilities. It does not include the cost of materials and firings which will be charged depending on how much you use. Please email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form or if you have any questions.