Who are the classes for?
The classes are for anyone who is ready to explore the clay on their own or with a friend. For our semi- private classes we accept pairs who are ready to register together- sorry, we do not match students.
What happens during classes?
Upon registration, Izabela contacts the participants to clarify what is the intention for the class. If there are already ideas formed, it’s time to start creating. If the participants want to learn the technique and try on few step by step examples first, that is what happens. Handbuilding as well as wheel are offered as techniques.
What happens with artwork when it’s finished being shaped into the form?
The clay needs to dry well to be able to go through bisque firing. Drying can take several weeks. The bisque is the first firing in which the water evaporates from the clay and it becomes solid, like a brick, but not fully fired yet. It is still porous enough to allow for glazing. The temperature of this firing is about 1855 F. Izabela arranges all pottery in the kiln, stacks the shelves and fires the pieces. The kiln needs to be watched over and the firing takes on average 9 hours.
What’s next after bisque firing?
Now the pieces are easy to handle and they need to have glaze put on them. First, the bottoms need to be covered with wax so that the glaze doesn’t drip into the kiln shelves during firing. Next, participants glaze their pieces either by painting or dipping. Our dipping house glazes are hand made by Izabela and only available to the workshop participants. One- Time- Project participants use paint on glazes that are applied with the brush.
What’s glaze firing?
Glaze firing is the last process the creations will go through. During glaze firing the sands, fluxes and oxides in glazes melt into the clay body forming a glossy coat. That way the pottery is safe to be used with water, put in the dishwasher and even can be used as a baking dish! The temperature of the glaze firing is 2232°F and it takes about 12 hours. During this time Izabela monitors the kiln to ensure all goes well. After the firing, the kiln takes about 3 days to cool off enough so it can be opened.
Pottery is ready
Opening the kiln and seeing all the changes and transformation that the pieces came through is truly rewarding. The pottery is a process of many steps, it teaches us appreciation for each of them because without them, the piece can become easily damaged or incomplete. When the pieces are ready, Izabela contacts the participants to schedule the time for pick up.