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i'd like to teach a workshop in or near portland in 2006

updated fri 1 apr 05


Russel Fouts on mon 28 mar 05

I'm coming to NCECA in March next year and will be available to teach a
workshop on smoke firing in an electric kiln the weekend before NCECA if
anyone is interested in arranging it.

You'll find a detailed outline at the following link.

"Oh Yes You Can!" (Saggar Firing in an Electric Kiln)

Length, 2 days

This workshop explores a new, exciting possibility for users of electric

It has been a long held belief that burning any kind of combustible in an
electric kiln is hazardous to the kiln. I'll show how it can be done safely
and some of the wonderful effects you can obtain.

This workshop also explores the possibilities of alternative and
semi-permiable resists and techniques.

My workshops are process oriented, not product oriented.

I'm trying to give people a "spring-board" for experimenting with the
materials they find at hand.

I ask them not to expect a finished product from the workshops but a
"beginning", something to take home and continue to work with, look at,
learn from and re-work until the piece is "finished" (what ever that may

Many clayarters have already taken this workshop and have found it to be
fun and eye-opening.


Russel Fouts
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Lezlie Finet on wed 30 mar 05

On Mon, 28 Mar 2005 04:28:47 +0200, Russel Fouts

>I'm coming to NCECA in March next year and will be available to teach a
>workshop on smoke firing in an electric kiln the weekend before NCECA if
>anyone is interested in arranging it.

YES, YES, YES! Puleeeze, someone in Portland set this up!

And I'll be the first to sign up. (and assist in any way I can from

Looking forward!


bonnie staffel on thu 31 mar 05

Dear Russell,

One of the comments on your website about your workshop suggestion at the
next NCECA was very interesting. I was going to experiment making large pit
fired pots from paper clay which would make them lighter still. However, if
they have a propensity of generally turning black, wonder if the reds and
ochres will appear? Also thinking about applying Terra Sig which might seal
the surface somewhat to offset the absorption of the carbon. Is there a lot
of smoke with this process? My kiln is in the garage which is attached to
the house. I open the doors when I do my regular firing, but have no other
exhaust system.

"It would be interesting if some of the work they brought was made with a
paper clay. This can go VERY black."

That workshop sounds so exciting. Sorry I can't go to the next NCECA to
participate in it. Are you planning on coming to the US for a tour of
presenting such workshops? Wondering if I could talk the local art center
into holding such a workshop next year or two.

Warm regards,

Bonnie Staffel
Charter Member Potters Council