Copper Matt Raku and Alternative Firing Processes
This two-day master workshop will take place on Thursday, February 18th and Friday, February 19th from 9:30 am-4:30 pm on each day.
Copper Matt Raku is one of the more difficult firing processes to achieve consistently good results. This workshop will focus on the “elusive” Copper Matt Raku firing process. Included in the workshop is all the information needed: clay bodies, glaze recipe, equipment & tools. Along with Copper Matt firing, demonstrations of Horsehair, Naked Raku, and simple aluminum foil sagger firing can be shown. Participants will need to bring 2-3 bisque-fired pots to Cone 06. It would be recommended the pieces be made with a “raku” clay body or a high-dire stoneware with grog to avoid the possibility of cracking. Recommended levels: Beginner through advanced.
Class will be held in the CERAMICS BUILDING
Masks must be worn at all times on campus and during classes; temperature checks are required before entering class/open studio.
All students must read and sign the health policy & waiver to attend Session 3 on-campus classes. CLICK HERE TO FILL IT OUT
Thursday & Friday, Afternoon 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Class Duration, Feb 18, 2021 - Feb 18, 2021
Instructor: John Kellum
- Tuition: $100
- Fees: $25
Class ID: 21W1-CWJK.4a
First and foremost, I am a potter. I love sitting at my potter’s wheel and creating. There is a certain peace that in inherent in throwing on the wheel that has captivated me.
Each piece starts as a wheel-thrown form. After the pot has hardened to a leather-hard state, I add slab-built pieces, hand alter, carve, pierce and add to the piece. I rely on my numerous years of graphic design experience to create a fluid movement and flow to the piece. I attempt to put the joy and passion I have for clay in to the each piece and like me the pots are whimsical and often off-center.
To finish the pieces, I use the Raku firing process with a copper mat glaze as a dominate base. I am drawn to this firing technique because of its earthy feel, its immediacy and its serendipitous nature.
Education: B.F.A. in Photography, University of Bridgeport, 1979
I have worked as a Graphic Designer since 1989 until present
Pottery experience. Began at Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park Florida. Continued at Valencia Community College. I have taken numerous workshops including, Paul Soldner, Steven Hill, Lana Wilson, Pete Pinell, Ed Risak (whom I learn copper mat Raku from), Peter Voulkos and many more.
I am currently an adjunct professor of ceramics at Valencia College.
I participate in outdoor art festival including: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival; Gasparilla Art Festival in Tampa, FL; Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, FL, Mainsail Art Festival, St. Petersburg, FL: St. James Court, Louisville, KY; Disney’s Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL and more.
I have received numerous awards including, best of show-3D in the Maitland Spring Art Festival (two years in a row), Awards of Excellence / 1st place in Category, at Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, Osceola Festival of Arts, Mayfaire By the Lake, Lakeland., Maitland Rotary Fall Art Festival, as well as awards at Ocala Festival of the Art, Mainsail Art Festival, St. Petersburg, FL. Gasparilla Art Festival, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Ft. Myers Art Festival and more.