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4 Potters on the Promises & Perils of Firing Really Big Pots in a Wood Kiln

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District Clay Center

2414 Douglas Street Northeast

Washington, DC 20018

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In this closing panel discussion, the woodfire potters featured in THE SPACE BETWEEN show at the District Clay Gallery will share their insights, approaches and discoveries after working together for many months on this large colloborative show. They came together in early May over 8 days to fire their really big pots in the anagama kiln at Tye River Pottery.

The panel will be moderated by Louise Cort, who recently retired as the ceramics curator of the Smithsonian's Freer/Sackler Galleries.

Firing very large pots in a woodfire kiln is fraught with both difficulty and opportunity. Large pots are more prone to shattering in intense fire of the kiln and so the process of heating up, firing and cooling down the kiln must be handled carefully. Also, firing just a few very large pots carries risks as one pot shattering means the loss of work that may have taken many months to create. But large pots also create an opportunity to better study how the placement, the relation of one pot to another and how the fire moves around these mammoth pieces creates spectacular and intentional glaze results.

This panel of accomplished potters and other members of the firing crew will discuss what this intense colloborattion was like, what they learned about very large pot firing . . . and what they discovered about each other.

POTTERS: KEVIN CROWE, NOAH HUGHEY-COMMERS, VICKY HANSEN AND ADAM MCNEIL

Doors open at 6:30 pm, panel discussion starts at 7 pm. Light refreshments served. Parking is available directly in front of the Off the Beaten Track Warehouse.

Special thanks to Claywork Supplies and Larkin Refractory Solutions for sponsoring this Show.

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