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workshop: terra sig/ smoke firing in the electric kiln

updated tue 19 oct 99


lleary on mon 18 oct 99

Just to announce we have a few spaces left:

Smoke Fired Pottery in the Electric Kiln
A Workshop with Russel Fouts

Saturday, October 30 10:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Sunday , October 31 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(includes Sunday afternoon oyster roast )
Cost: $100.00
Murrells Inlet Community Center, Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Open to beginners and experienced clayworkers alike, this hands on
workshop will focus on the decorating and smoke firing of pottery.

Belgian ceramic artist Russel Fouts of "Mes Potes et Mes Pots" ("My Pals
and My Pots") will demonstrate his method of decorating pots with silky
surfaces and beautiful imagery. Instead of glaze, Russel coats his
pieces with multiple layers of terra sigillata and smoke fires his work
in the electric kiln using newspapers and aluminum foil. Terra
Sigillata is a very smooth lustrous coating of clay which resembles a
glaze and is virtually waterproof. The name means "sealed earth" and
has been used to refer to the Classical Greek Attic black-figure and
red-figure painted pottery. For centuries, the secret of making terra
sigillata was lost and only in the middle of this century was the true
nature of this material, the technique of it's creation and use

Participants should bring:

Several small to medium size, bisqued (1832 f), burnished white bodied
or white sigged work to decorate.
(pieces will be available for $2.00 each, please order ahead)

Decorating tools, brushes, sponges, sponge rollers.

One "unusual" decorating tool.

Old crayons and oil pastels.
(some will be available at the workshop)


A covered dish to share and your favorite beverage for the oyster roast.

Visit Russel's web site: Http://

About the area:
Rich in history and natural beauty, the Waccamaw Neck is bordered by the
Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean and offers such diversions
as golf, shopping, seafood restaurants, fishing, crabbing, shrimping,
and of course, wonderful beaches. Seventy miles to the south, you will
find the charm, history and architecture of Charleston. To the north,
Myrtle Beach offers the opportunity to experience another aspect of
coastal South Carolina, with resorts, attractions, shows and shopping.
Plenty of hotels, motels, and campgrounds are available in the area.

To register:
Art Works
P.O. Box 2884
Pawleys Island, SC 29585

You may also register with a Visa or MasterCard by calling

For workshop and lodging information contact:
Lori Leary
(843)237-1913 (Home)
(843)651-1752 (Studio)