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Introduction to Soda Firing - A Hybrid Workshop

Dates: July 12-26, 2021

Meets: M from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM - Plus Firing Dates

Location: Remote Learning

Student Fee: $229.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

Leveraging the resources of online and in person learning, you will make work from the comfort of your home studio or Reserved Studio Access at the Center, as you learn about and make work for a Soda Firing. Students will learn glazing and decoration techniques for Soda Firing, along with kiln loading and firing practices. Soda Firing, a contemporary version of Salt or Atmospheric firing, yields interesting and unique effects on glazed and unglazed surfaces by introducing Soda Ash into the kiln during the later portion of the firing.

Online meetings via Zoom will feature demonstrations and lectures on the clay bodies, slips and glazes that can work with this unique atmospheric firing format. Students will be encouraged to work from home, or to enroll in Reserved Studio Access, over the course of this hybrid workshop. The calendar will support time for the making and bisque firing of work, culminating with a workday in the studio glazing and loading the work into the Soda Kiln for firing the next day.

In person meetings will facilitate physical distancing as needed, as well as all current best practices relative to the pandemic. Class size is limited to eight and student will work in small teams when meeting together. Attendance of the glazing and firing days is required.

Schedule:

Online Meetings 6:30 to 8:30 pm:

Monday 7/12, 7/19, 7/26

In-person meetings @ WCC Ceramcis Studio:

Sunday 8/8 Glaze and Load 10 am to 6 pm

Monday 8/9 Add Soda to Kiln 6 to 8 pm

Wednesday 8/11 Unload, Evaluate ware, Cleanup 6:30 to 9 pm

 

Students should have completed at least two ceramics classes, prior to enrollment, and will need to attend the in-person sessions. Clay and materials costs are in addition to the student fee.

 



 

Cancellation Policies

Please read through these policies carefully on our website's policy page.  Written notice of cancellations via email (to wccregistration@worcester.edu) is required within specified cancellation windows detailed on our website.

COVID Policies

All registrants are asked to review the Craft Center's COVID-19 Response page for guidance on the safety policies we are asking all students to abide by in our combined efforts to maintain a healthy work environment.  Mask wearing continues to be required of all visitors and students in all studios to keep everyone safe regardless of vaccination status.  Please review this information on here.

Craft Center COVID Policy Acknowledgement

Every registrant will be expected to complete an electronic form included in their registration receipt acknowledging that they understand and agree to comply with the policies outlined.  This form must be submitted no less than 48 hours prior to the start of the first class.  If you have submitted this form for a prior registration, you do not need to submit another one.

To access the form, click here or please refer to your emailed registration receipt.


Inclement Weather Policy

For information on the Craft Center's inclement weather cancellation policies, please visit our website's policy page. Students are encouraged to also check our homepage and our Facebook page for status updates and closure announcements.

Questions? Call us at 508.753.8183 X301

 


 


 



Worcester State University ("WSU") & Worcester Center for Crafts ("WCC") Consent & Release of Liability for Online Learning

By submitting your registration for this course ("Activity"), you acknowledge that all registered parties are 18 years or older and legally competent to make this agreement. You agree to comply with all rules and regulations set forth with regard to the Activity, and you agree that all issues of civil liability shall be determined in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws. By completing you registration, you acknowledge that all registered parties have read and understand the below terms and that by enrolling you are giving up substantial legal rights that you might otherwise have, and that you have registered knowingly and voluntarily.

1. In the event that I should require medical care or treatment, I agree to be financially responsible for any costs incurred as a result of such treatment. I am aware and understand that I should carry my own health insurance.

2. To agree that the activity is entirely voluntary and to be fully aware that participation involves risk of injury and/or property damage including the possibility of short-term or long-term disability and even death; to agree that these risks can come from many varied causes and that many of these risks are not foreseeable; to acknowledge, accept, and assume all such risks.

3. I, individually and on behalf of my heirs, successors, assigns and personal representatives, hereby agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Board of Higher Education, WCC, WSU and their employees, agents, and representatives from all liability for any damages, losses, or injuries (including death) I sustain to my person or property or both, including but not limited to any claims, demands, actions, causes of action, judgments, expenses and costs (including attorneys' fees) which arise out of, result from, occur during, or are connected in any manner with my intentional or negligent conduct during my participation in the Activity, including traveling to and from an event related to this Activity.

4. To the extent authorized by law, I, individually and on behalf of my heirs, successors, assigns and personal representatives, hereby agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Board of Higher Education, WCC, WSU and their employees, agents, and representatives from all liability, loss, damage or expense, including attorneys' fees, that they or any of them incur or sustain as a result of any claims, demands, actions, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses (including attorneys' fees) which arise out of, occur during, or are in any way connected with my intentional or negligent conduct during my participation in the Activity, including traveling to and from an event related to this Activity.

5. I agree that this consent and release is to be construed under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and that if any portion hereof is held invalid, the balance hereof shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.

Questions? Email us at wccregistration@worcester.edu.

Notes:

*Class timing: We ask that all students login prior to the class start time, as classes will begin promptly at the start time stated. End times may vary, depending on the number of students in attendance and their ability to participate. Class links and instructions will be provided via email, prior to the first class meeting.
Fee: $229.00

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Tom O'Malley

Tom O'Malley began studying ceramics in high school and received his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1985. He received his MFA, with honors, from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. O'Malley has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning numerous awards. He received an LCC Grant in 1998 and his pottery was the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the 2002 Strictly Functional Pottery National.

His work has appeared in a number of publications, including Lark Books 500 Tiles, and is slated to appear in the forthcoming publication 21st Century Ceramics. He has taught at RISD, Rhode Island College, Becker College, Worcester State University and the Worcester Center for Crafts, and has presented a variety of workshops and lectures throughout New England. He has been a board member of The Studio Potter since 2005 and currently is the Studio Liaison and Program Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts.

View Tom's Latest Work and Profile: Tom O'Malley Ceramics

Date Day Time Location
07/12/2021Monday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Remote Learning
07/19/2021Monday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Remote Learning
07/26/2021Monday6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Remote Learning

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