“Throwing Soulful Pots for Salt Soda Firing” with Linda McFarling
Day/Time: Thursdays, 1-5pm (open studio hours Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays)
Dates: May 18 (classroom), May 25 (classroom), June 1 (classroom), June 8 (classroom), June 15 (classroom/glaze), June 29 (unload salt/soda kiln, 1-4pm in Burnsville, NC)
Fee: $1200 (this workshop fee includes bisque, flashing slips, glazes and salt/soda firing)
Have you been intrigued by the wonderful effects of salt and soda fired pots and wished you could experience this amazing firing technique? Now you can! Join master potter and instructor, Linda McFarling, for this amazing workshop that will be held in The Village Potters educational studio where Linda will demonstrate her plethora of techniques in clay for this aesthetic. Linda’s work has been admired and sought after for years and she is an expert at her craft and masterful teacher. In this unique experience you will create gorgeous, soulful forms that are perfect for the salty atmospheric firing. Then you will fire and unload your work in Linda’s salt/soda kiln in Burnsville, NC. This workshop includes 16 hours of open studio time, additional open studio time can be purchased for $10/hour.
We are so excited and honored to bring Linda onto our teaching staff here at The Village Potters.
“Linda has been a guest instructor and mentor here in the past and I am so thrilled to add her to our advanced studies here at The Village Potters Clay Center.” says Sarah Wells Rolland.
Some of the things you will learn with Linda are the ins and outs of faceting, fluting, paddling, roping, shaping, and altering thrown forms that are made to enhance the surface effects of the magical salt/soda firing process. Also, you will work with flashing slips that are formulated specifically for this Firing technique.
Clay for the workshop will be chosen out of a variety of cone 10 Laguna Clays that The Village Potters stocks. Clay is the only additional cost. All glazes, slips, and the firing itself is included in the workshop fee.
Intermediate throwing knowledge is required, registrants must be able to center and throw up to 3 lbs of clay evenly and efficiently.
Students will purchase clay directly from the Village Potters Clay Center the week of the workshop.
Weeks before the workshop you will receive the details of what to expect, what to bring, and directions to the studio.
Please contact The Village Potters Clay Center by phone or email if you have any questions about this workshop.
Phone: (828) 253-2424, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Cancellation up to 45 days prior to the start of class/workshop, students receive a full refund (minus a $75 administrative fee).
- Cancellation within less than 45 days of the start of class/workshop, students receive no refund.
About Linda McFarling:
Linda is a functional potter whose work is steeped in the richness of history, while also adding her own modern artistry to each piece. She creates her work primarily on the wheel, then adds texture and alterations to create strong, quiet, lively organic forms. Her textures are drawn from natural objects and the landscape around her home and studio in Burnsville, NC. She aspires to integrate forms and textures found in nature with the unpredictability of the firing process. Linda fires in an atmospheric kiln using salt and soda which allows her to influence the work during the firing which directly influences the final outcome.
Linda McFarling’s journey as an artist may have begun prior to college, but it was at Wesleyan College that she studied painting in the late 70’s. It wasn’t too long after painting that she discovered her love for ceramics. Since then she has taught classes and workshops throughout the United States. She has also studied under such talents as, Warren Mackenzie, John Leach, Tom Coleman, Pete Pinnell, Linda Arbuckle, Linda Christianson, and Ruggles and Rankin to name a few! Her work has also been featured in many shows and exhibitions across the country throughout the years.