Stuart Gair currently lives and works in Carbondale, CO. Over the past ten years he has been exploring different methods of firing the soda kiln to obtain depth in his surfaces and anticipated flashing. Recently, Stuart has been exploring oxidation and reduction cycles at the end of the firing as well as oxidation cooling. His background in history and study of minimalist sculpture inspire each form.
Stuart's Upcoming Workshops
Students have a basic understanding of forming techniques, such as throwing and hand building. Students have taken one or two ceramics classes or workshops.
Students have significant experience with clay forming techniques, such as throwing, hand building and modeling. Students are comfortable with ceramics equipment, such as wheels, extruders and slab rollers. Students are self-starting with some formal training and have taken a minimum of three classes or workshops.
Students have advanced skills and knowledge of the ceramics field. Students are highly motivated, have a minimum of five years experience in the field and have a portfolio of their artwork. Typical students are academics and professional artists.
Aug 29 - Sep 9, 2022
Understanding Soda Firing
This class provides students with the rare and exciting opportunity to learn about and participate in the loading and firing of soda kilns. For the first of the two firings, participants are asked to bring 10 to 15 bisqueware pieces that are loaded on the second day of the workshop. Work is then made, slipped and bisqued for the second firing, which takes place during the second week of the workshop. Throughout the two-week session, two kilns are strategically loaded, fired to cone ten in a reduced atmosphere and oxidation cooled. Demonstrations of particular forms are discussed in terms of how they pair and react with the results of the soda firing process. Emphasis is placed on exploring the effects of slips, glazes and granitic inclusions in the clay and how they interact with the atmosphere inside the soda kiln.