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Fri, Mar 22



Two Day Obvara Firing Workshop ( Raku kiln) by Linda Helms

Must have a current membership or a place to work on pieces for this class. Working on pieces early is recommended. Experience level : Adult Advanced Wheel Throwing and or Handbuilding 1st session is a 4 hr, demo in the studio, 2nd session is the Raku firing. Up to 6hrs for that day.

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Two Day Obvara Firing Workshop ( Raku kiln) by Linda Helms
Two Day Obvara Firing Workshop ( Raku kiln) by Linda Helms

Time & Location

Mar 22, 2024, 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Duncan, 2375 Koksilah Rd, Duncan, BC V9L 6M5, Canada


About the event

Friday March 22, 1:30 to 5:30, 4hr demo, April 21, 9:30 am to 3:30pm.  Raku firing day. 

Obvara Firing : is an ancient Middle Eastern process of firing clay. This type of process does not require a glaze on a piece before firing. However, the bisque piece is fired in a raku kiln and the decoration of the surface happens after the pieces have been heated up using fermented flour, water, and yeast. 

The first day of the workshop will take place Friday, March 22/2024, from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. I will be demonstrating a particular wheel-throwing and hand-building technique using sodium silicate at The Hub studio. during a 4-hour period and participants will have time to throw or build some of their pieces at this time. However, you want to start creating some of your pieces before this demonstration as you need time for drying and bisquing. Texture lends itself well to this technique however smooth surfaces also have attractive results.

Obvara-fired pieces are decorative and are not meant to be used with food as the clay after this type of low firing is too porous and cannot hold liquids.

 You may think of creating decorative functional pieces which have other specific uses:

- Wall Sconces,

- Lamp bases ( consider the hardware and space needed for the neck area where the bulb is attached as well as considering where the cord exits in the form) 

- Fish wall hangings, 

- Candle holders, 

- Decorative platters and bowls. as a centerpiece or to be hung on a wall. 

- Sculptural pieces ( hollow)

-  Containers with lids or without lids

-  Decorative vases ( vessels) ( if wide enough this could hold a plastic or glass container which could then be used for real plants.)

- Masks. etc.

These are just a few ideas you may want to consider. Most of the above may be either handbuilt or wheel-thrown. 

Size Guidelines:   Since the raku kiln is small we need to have limitations for size so they will fit into the raku kiln. 

6 pieces per participant. 

Maximum height for all pieces: 10 inches

Maximum width for cylindrical/symmetrical forms: 6 1/2 inches

Maximum width and length for oblong / oval shapes: 9inches by 4 1/2 inches

Maximum length, width, and depth for flatter wall-type pieces: 10 inches long by 8 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches deep. ( The flatter pieces need to be able to stand on one of its sides when being fired.)

Note: Covid 19 protocols, Masks are optional, but still sanitize when entering the studio. Bring your own apron and hand towels to take home, please.

Instructor: Linda Helms

Skill level: Advanced Wheel / and or Handbuilding

Ages: 18+ no exceptions ( insurance related)

Min: 4      Max: 6  ( waitlist available)

1st Day:  Demo day at the studio 1:30 to 5:30pm. 

2nd Day: Rakuing 9:30 to 3:30. firing your pieces.  Bringing a lunch and lots of water to drink is recommended. 

Once registered you will need a copy of this receipt to show to the monitor you have registered for the class. Then you can buy your bag of  WSO clay from the studio to work on your pieces independently.

Cost: $ 205.00 +GST 

 Clay is sold separately at the studio. WSO raku clay $67.80 one 25lb bag plus GST 

Email Linda if the class is full to be added to her waitlist.


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