Sagar Firing: A Two-Day Exploration with Anne Gorden-Vega | April 11th and 25th
Indian River Clay is thrilled to host artist and environmentalist, Anne Gorden-Vega, for a
two-day Sagar firing workshop. In this alternative firing exploration, students will learn
the technique of foil saggar firing using soluble salts to finish their work. Pots, treated
and wrapped in aluminum foil (a saggar), will be tumble stacked in a kiln and fired
outdoors at IRC.
- First session: Students will learn how to make your own terra sigillata, a fine clay slip, which will be applied to your green-ware. You will learn how to burnish pieces to a beautiful, smooth, shiny finish.
- Second session: Students will focus on preparation of the foil saggars and contents for
each piece and the actual firing, in a raku-style kiln. Students will be able to take their finished work home, on the same day.
There is work to do before the first session. Please carefully read the following “What to
Bring” section so that you are prepared to engage in the first activities with Anne.
Dates, Cost and What to Bring
IRC will provide clay appropriate for this type of firing. Once registered, you will receive
an e-mail explaining how to collect your clay for the raku pieces. Give yourself plenty of
time to create your ware so that it is ready at the right stage for the first session on April
11. Each student can bring three pieces: two pieces that are dry (but not bisque fired)
and one that is leather hard.
Each piece should be no larger than 4" x 4” and have no appendages such as arms,
legs, or handles – rather, think bowls, bottles, boxes, and smooth-lined sculptural
The technique concentrates on surface design, so your prepared pieces should be
as smooth as possible. To that end, do not use a wet sponge or any water for the finish
of your piece as this draws grog to the surface of the clay. Make friends with your ribs!
Rib the surface, smoothing the clay as completely as possible. If you have a soft red rib, use
that one to smooth even more fully.
DATES: April 11 and 25 (Sundays)
TIMES 10:00am – 3:30pm. Please bring your lunch and drinks (or groups can choose to order sandwiches from nearby shops).