26 Dec Earthenware Pottery
Earthenware is a dialogue with the elements; listening to and learning from the ways of fire, the personalities of clay, and the alchemy of color and form. When we shape foraged clay, made like us of bones and blood, and offer our creations to the fire, our intentions are transformed and our vessels are born.
Pit firing foraged clay vessels is practiced by many cultures around the world, each with rich pottery traditions, cuisines, and stories. With the prevalence of modern technological methods, the inherent connection between ceramics and the land has become abstracted. The very use of wild clays in this craft can be a profoundly enriching way to connect with the land, the bio regions we call home, and literally build relationship to place.
We will gather at the first of the week to create and decorate clay vessels. For those who are interested in learning handbuilding techniques and how to process and experiment with foraged clay there will discussions on these topics. At the end of the week we will bisque fire our pieces with one of the simplest low fire techniques, transforming our creations from clay to ceramic. Our fired, glorious and unglazed vessels will be ready for use, or, can be glazed at home if you wish.
Hosanna White will be sharing Earthenware Pottery