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Instructors 2017

Peter Beard
Curtis Benzle
Beth Cavener
John Colbeck
Jan Edwards
Lisa Ehrich
Adam Field e Heesoo
Rick Hensley
Lucianne Lassalle
Pietro Maddalena
Donna Polseno
Karin Putsch-Grassi
Franco Rampi
Lisa Reinertson
Marcia Selsor
Ken and Melody Shipley
Luca Tripaldi
Rachel Wood


21 Of Clay and Kilns
Making towards Wood and Soda firing
Ken and Melody Shipley www.shipleypottery.com
May 21st to June 3rd 2017

Wood and Soda firing. Intermediate and advanced

La Meridiana has a beautiful Soda kiln and a Wood/Soda fired kiln called “Bagnano Express”. The results from the masterfully engineered double chamber Wood/Soda Kiln are fantastic, with fluxing wood ash in chamber one and luscious wood/soda affects in chamber two. Ken Shipley has taken five groups at La Meridana in the last 6 years and has been involved with numerous Soda firings and Wood/Soda firings whilst there, thus gaining extensive knowledge of the techniques needed to fire these types of kilns.
During the first week of the course we will concentrate on producing work for the Wood/Soda Kiln. Using the stoneware clay produced by La Meridiana we will make pots primarily on the wheel, incorporating hand-building techniques too. The forms will be functional both visually and for everyday use and vary from teapots and pitchers to bowls and platters. We will concentrate particularly on handles and lids for jar shaped forms. Melody and Ken both make large one off pieces by throwing and adding coils, and will demonstrate these techniques.
The second week of this ceramic workshop will be dedicated to the glazing and firing, using also engobes to enhance the flashing effects of the flames. We will have time to venture out on field trips to visit potters and the last terra cotta maker in the area who fires in a wood kiln.
Throughout the workshop there will be discussions about the concepts behind making the vessel form: “In order to create a visually and functionally useful vessel, one must think like a drop of water”.

Detailed day by day program of demonstrations and activities

The total cost of the course is 2200 Euro; Single price supplement: 300 Euros.
The workshop fee includes the following
All materials and firings
Lodging in double room; single room on request, add 300 €
Welcome dinner and welcome breakfast
A freshly prepared Tuscan Lunch with wine on all working days
Field Trips

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Ken Shipleyis Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.  He has worked in ceramics for over 30 years and began his career as an apprentice to both Charles Counts in Rising Fawn, GA and Bill Ashley in Chattanooga, TN.  Ken's work covers many aspects of ceramics, from production pottery to large one of a kind pieces, both wheel thrown and hand built.  He uses high fire reduction, salt/soda, wood fire, and electric kilns.  He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
His work is found in private and public collections and can be seen in galleries in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Georgia, and has been exhibited widely in the United States, Italy, Germany, Japan, France, China, and England.

La MeridianaMelody Shipley completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. She has been a potter since 1996, finding her strength, peace, and inspiration from the beauty of nature, recreating her vision of that beauty in the forms and surfaces of her pots.  Melody's work has been sold and exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally.  She conducts workshops and teaches classes through programs at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC,  and the Community School of the Arts in Clarksville, TN.Ken and Melody Shipleyrun their own studio in Clarksville and doboth have experience in High Fire reduction firings as well as in Wood/Soda firings and kiln building. Recently, they have built a Wood/Soda Catenary Arch kilnduring a workshopat their tudio.

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