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Instructors 2012

Pietro Maddalena
Richard Phethean
Victor Greenaway
Curtis Benzle
Wally Asselberghs
Sue Morse
Saura Vignoli
Ken Shipey
Leah Leitson
Thomas Welti
Carolyn Genders
Sasha Wardell
Luca Tripaldi
Patty Wouters
John Colbeck
Orietta Mengucci
Rick Hensley
Donna Polseno
Susan Nemeth
Ellen Shankin
Beth Cavener Stichter
Judith Duff


18 Exploring Naked Raku and Ferric Chloride - The Basics
Wally Asselberghs - www.wallyasselberghs.be
Sue Morse - www.suemorse.com
April 28th and 29th, 2012

Firing techniques. For all

Participants will experience this raku-based process which uses sacrificial slip and glaze layers as catalysts to capture patterns and surface textures left behind by smoke and fire.
Wally will present the basic naked raku approach, and also encourage participants to experiment with splashed and diluted glazes for more sophisticated effects. Participants will apply slip and glaze to their previously bisque-fired work, then fire in a standard raku kiln.
Works will be reduced in a post-fire smoke chamber and allowed to cool. The cooling slip and glaze will crack, allowing smoke to penetrate underneath, creating shading, specks, and irregular crack patterns. The egg-shell layer of slip and glaze is peeled and scrubbed off, revealing the smoke effects bonded to the bare clay.
This process, different from using a traditional white crackle glaze, yields infinitely more varied results ranging from bold lightning patterns to soft, subtle speckling... often on the same piece.
Apart from co-teaching with Wally, Sue Morse will also explain and demonstrate the basics of her very personal technique of Ferric Chloride, applied to bisque ware.

Saturday April 28th
Arrival by 9:30 am. Start of workshop at 10 am - finish workshop at 7 pm; with lunch break.
(who comes from afar may arrive the night before)

Sunday April 29th
Workshop 9 am - 6 pm; with lunch break. Departure.
(Possibility to leave in the morning of the next day)

Cost € 300
Includes lodging one night, lunches, tuition and materials. For the additional nights cost is of 25 € each.

La MeridianaWally Asselberghs received his ceramic training during 12 years of night classes at Art Academy in Antwerpen, Belgium, and attending various private workshops in his own country, France and Holland. After his first initiation in "Naked Raku" in 1995, he decided to fully specialise into this technique, and started organising and teaching his own workshops in Belgium as from 1998.
He has been working in clay for more than 35 years, with an original emphasis on stoneware ash glazes and Western Raku.
Since then, photographs of his work and descriptions of his techniques have been published in many books and articles in the USA and Australia and he has taught workshops worldwide. Whilst his original emphasis was on wheel thrown vases and bowls, more recent work is made by combining coiling techniques and assembling plates, pre-formed in concave plaster moulds.
In his organic objects, he strives to find a visual language in which his favourite forms - animal, human body, rocks, marks left by forces of wind and water- are reduced to their utmost essence and purity. Wally is also the creator and moderator of the "International Naked Raku Forum" on the Internet, started on Yahoo 7 years ago, now joined by 1100 members from 33 countries worldwide, freely sharing and exchanging recipes, photographs, experiences and knowledge about this technique.

Sue Morse has a bachelor’s degree in studio arts for pottery and printmaking from Blackburn College, and an MBA in statistics from Roosevelt University.
She has taught workshops in the United States and Europe. She says of herself: ”When I was a small girl my friends and I would hike down to College Creek and spend hours making mud pots. And not that much has changed since then. Now I make all of my forms on the wheel and then alter the shapes and add appendages, lids or “spouts”. Most of my pieces are enclosed forms and I use non-traditional firing techniques on all of them, mostly Saggar and Naked Raku, sometimes Pit Firing or traditional Raku. My biggest inspiration comes from the organic forms in nature.”


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