Thursday, September 2, 2010

Steven Hill Workshop at Ceramic Supply Pittsburgh

Steven Hill Workshop at Ceramic Supply Pittsburgh
“Throwing, Spraying and Electric Firing”

Steven Hill

This 3-day workshop is designed to help you get the most out of YOUR glazes, applied to YOUR pots and fired in YOUR kiln – be it gas or electric. Steven will demonstrate the basic techniques of spraying and also spend time with more advanced theories of layering and blending glazes. He will cover mid-range and high-fire glazes and suggest ways to experiment with the layering process to create your own unique look.

Proposed schedule for 3-day participatory electric firing workshop:

1st day:    Steven will throw a few pots, assemble and quick dry them. 

2nd day    Lecture on spraying and demonstration of the techniques involved. Participants will glaze in the afternoon and the pieces will be loaded into the kiln(s) and fired overnight.

3rd day:    Further Discussions on spraying techniques and the equipment involved to set up a studio. Ideas for glaze experimentation beyond the workshop. Unload kilns and discuss results.

Gallery Reception at The Clay Place, Friday, November 19, 2010, 6pm to 8pm

Cost of Workshop:  $250 per person for the three days.

What to bring:  Three bisque pieces to glaze

Steven Hill received his BFA from Kansas State University in 1973 and has been a studio potter since 1975. Steven’s work is exhibited and sold in nationally juried shows and is featured in many ceramics books. He has conducted nearly 200 workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has written many ceramics articles.

“I love the variation that occurs naturally across the surface of salt, soda and wood fired pots. My own pottery, however, has been reduction fired in gas kilns since the early 70’s. I have been creating atmospheric surface qualities through careful blending and layering of sprayed glazes for over 30 years, now!

I recently discovered that reduction plays a rather insignificant role in the finished look of my pottery. The cascading rivulets of ash-like glazes and mysterious micro-crystalline mat surfaces work just as effectively in oxidation as they do in reduction! Even the rich brown and orange colors that I have always attributed to reduction firing are possible in oxidation.”  - Steven Hill

Sign up soon before the session is filled.  

Call Ceramic Supply Pittsburgh at (412) 489-5240 or email to:

Session to be held at Ceramic Supply Pittsburgh, One Walnut Street, Carnegie, PA 15106

More information on Steven Hill's work at:

Which pitcher of Steven's was fired in oxidation and which one in reduction?

  Pitcher A?


 Pitcher B?

Come to the workshop to find out and learn how to produce a rich look in an electric oxidation firing. 

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