Wood Firing with Alison Palmer

Wood Firing with Alison Palmer


(Price includes firing fee, flashing slips and glazes, but not clay)
June 16 - 17 (optional informational day on May 5th)
Starts 9AM

Each workshop slot gives you approximately 1 kiln shelf of space (around 12 small/medium sized pieces)

This is a two day wood firing workshop with an decorating component added for your enjoyment! You will learn to load and fire a cross draft wood fire kiln. On June 16th you will come to Alison’s studio in Kent, CT with your (cone 10 only) bisque fired pieces; there will be a large variety of glazes for you to use. We will glaze, wad, load, and brick up the kiln to start pre-heating Friday night. If you do intricate glazing we suggest you bring your pieces glazed already (plates and platters are discouraged). It takes most of the day to load, June 17th is firing day. Everyone in the workshop will sign up to take a shift. Alison will be there through out, helping and showing you how to monitor the stokes. Housing is not included in the workshop, but camping on the property is optional. 

On May 5th at Clay Art Center Alison will come to talk about flashing slips and show a few decorating techniques that she likes to use. There will be slips there for your use, so bring your leather hard pieces and be ready to experiment.

Artist Bio: Alison Palmer was born and raised in New York. After graduating high school she attended Kansas City Art Institute as well as the California College of Arts and Crafts where she received her BFA in ceramics. Alison then returned to New York where she implemented a “treatment through crafts” program at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Katonah. While teaching at Four Winds, Alison began her own studio at a converted old schoolhouse in Croton Falls, New York. She met and married musician Steve Katz. Together they created a company called Ashes to Ashes which produced funerary urns for animals. The urns were to be designed and handmade by Alison while Steve did the sales and marketing. The pressures of dealing with grieving clients, however, were too much for the couple and so they concentrated solely on Alison’s handcrafted ideas. By 1986, Alison was exhibiting her work at a few of the finer craft galleries in New York City and elsewhere. The recognition her work received at the major wholesale shows was overwhelming and Alison and Steve had to cope with the challenge of learning the “business” of crafts while at the same time exploring new areas of Alison’s creativity. Today, Alison Palmer can boast representation by numerous galleries, museum shops and catalogs in America and abroad.


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