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Earthenware Wood Firing with George Metropoulos McCauley

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100 Russell Dr

Star, NC 27356

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Learn the process, clay & glaze possibilities for low temperature Cone 2-3 firing in the Noborigama during this 7-day workshop. Instructor George Metropoulos McCauley will make his tech sheet available to participants and discuss the comparison to high temperature wood firing.

Participants can bring 30 bisque fired pots* and will have the choice of firing unglazed or using surface coatings, glaze, slip, stain, terra sig, etc. Load as a group and determine shift partners for a wild and successful firing. Cone 3 is the target temperature with a 6-8 hour reduction cooling. After unloading, participants will discuss the firing, results and future plans.

Low temperature wood firing yields surfaces, textures and results that can be different from high temperature firings. George invites participants to get together, try something new, make new friends, have a lot of fun and share the work in anticipation of a kiln load of fine pots.

Conclusion of the workshop will be during STARworks' annual Firefest event. During the firing and while the kiln is cooling, participants can enjoy demonstrations, artist talks, fiery finale events in glass, metal and clay, live music and more at no extra cost. There is also the opportunity to participate in Firefest workshops for an additional fee.

*Each participant should bring 30 Cone 2-3 work ready bisque pieces. The kiln will be loaded fairly, but there is a possibility that not all pieces will fit. Please select a range of sizes and shapes. Shelves will be used, as well as tumble stacking. A limited selection of surface glazes and slips will be available. Participants are also welcome to bring their own.

If you have kiln gloves and glasses, please bring them. Be sure to wear clothing that will not melt. Standing in front of a kiln is hot work!

Schedule

Monday, April 2: Studio will be open for participants to come early, glaze work, settle in and meet George McCauley.

Tuesday, April 3: Introduction by George at 9am. Loading from 10:30am - 5pm

Wednesday, April 4: Loading 9am - 5pm

Thursday, April 5 & Friday, April 6: Firing in shifts of 4-6 hours

Saturday, April 7: Enjoy the Firefest activities!

Sunday, April 8: Unload and marvel at the results of your labors

About the Instructor

George Metropoulos McCauley is known for his pottery and narrative sculpture. He has been influenced by his interest in Asia, ritual, mysticism, folk art and his Greek heritage. Typically, his pots are decorated with colorful non-literal floral designs applied with his fingers and hands, as well as brushes, mixed on the clay surface in a painterly approach.

George does high temperature wood firing, but is in the forefront in the low fire wood firing movement. He is equally known for his "Wood Fire/Red Neck Majolica Process" and "George’s House of Clay Wednesday Night Videos Series" on Instagram and You Tube.

Along with his functional ware, George makes narrative sculpture combining clay with wood, metal, found and handmade spurious archival objects. In addition to his work in clay, he has made several films related to ceramics, helping to craft the stories, makers and development of the field. He has also developed exchange programs which bring Asian and American potters together in order to travel, work and exhibit.

Among the media exposure about George and his work is “ Bridging the Pacific” a 2012 film by Nagamura Hisaaki, Director’s Work Films in Association with ASO TV in Kumamoto, Japan. The film details his work and exhibitions in Japan.

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