Courses: Alternative Firings

A bucket of sand is poured around a smouldering paper kiln.Paper kiln. Photo: Studio RoRo/ Ross Fraser Maclean

Places: 6 (Beginners+)
Cost: £250 residential / £225 non-residential (course costs include tuition, materials and consumables)

4 & 5 June 2022

Booking: Book online below or phone SSW on 01464 861372

Further Information:
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Alternative Firings focuses on outdoor, experimental firings, giving innovative and unusual finishes to ceramics. Participants will learn how to glaze and decorate bisque-fired work and prepare it for firing using a range of techniques.

Learn how to load a gas-fired raku kiln and try out different reduction techniques. Prepare a saggar to fire in the raku kiln, creating exciting fume effects and learn how to prepare and fire a barrel kiln using terra sigillata for a variety of smoke finishes. Together participants will build a paper kiln and discover how to create a simple, effective method for decorating work, easily achievable at home.

There will be some blank pieces available for anyone who wishes or does not have their own bisqued work. Participants are welcome to bring several of their own bisque-fired pieces to fire using the above techniques. These will be fired at the course leader’s discretion and we cannot guarantee that all pieces will be included in firings.

Next steps after this course: Regular Practice / Established Practice in Ceramics


Book your place on the Alternative Firings course below. You will receive a booking confirmation email to the provided address once your booking is complete. Please read or listen to our Courses terms and conditions before making your booking.

If you require accommodation, please book this below. For information on SSW’s accommodation, follow this link.

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