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About

At the core of SAW’s ceramics program is the communal exploration of the wood-fired surface. The wood-fired surface requires a crew of artists to labor with a kiln and to explore as a team. It is as much about the experience as the ceramics that are being fired. Knowledge and experience is shared by each firer, adding to the collected energy and inspiration that each individual artist draws from. Our program inspires clay artists to take risks, find a different voice and develop a new relationship with the material. SAW’s ceramic program offers firing residencies, studio residencies and rentable space in our wood kilns, details are below. 


STUDIO EQUIPMENT

Two studios
8 Electric wheels
1 Kick wheel
Plaster wedging table
Large canvas tables
Extruder, Basic clay tools, Bats
Shelves

ELECTRIC SCUTT KM 1027 KILN

Dimensions:
22” wide x 27” deep (6.4 Cubic feet)
Max temperature:
1945 degrees (Cone 04)


WOOD KILNS

Large Anagama / Train
Our large wood-kiln was built in 2010 and is fired two times a year. The kiln's step-grate fire box and larger chimney makes for a forgiving kiln and great teaching tool. The design allows for a large or small coal bed, plenty of loading room around the firebox and space for large scale work. We fire our large kiln for about 124 hours followed by a week of cooling. The kiln holds about 100 cubic feet of ceramic art.

Small Anagama / Train
Our small wood kiln was built to help bring a clearer understanding of the principles of wood-firers, while still producing great surfaces. The scale of the kiln allows for quicker firings and a closer relationship for the firer and the kiln. The small kiln is easily loaded in a day, fired for 48 hours followed by four days of cooling. This kiln holds about 18 cubic feet of ceramic art.

 

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Ceramic Studio Artist Residency

SAW’s ceramics studio artist position offers a focused ceramic artists an opportunity to develop their ceramic work over a 4 month period. Ceramics studio artists will be expected to work 25 hours a week in exchange for room, board, a private studio and access to studio equipment including two wood-kilns. During that weekly 25 hours they will be expected to maintain the working community ceramics studio and assist resident ceramic artists.

Work-Exchange:

2 Month Sessions: June & July or August & September
Expectation: Up to 30 hours per week
Benefits: Camping or Trailer, meals, studio, free firings. Clay not included.

Clay is available for purchase at SAW, 50 lbs of pugged clay is $35.00


Ceramic Artist-in-Residence

Artist may apply for a clay residency and have 24 hour access to the studio from May through September. All studio equipment would be available to residents. Resident clay artists can rent SAW’s electric kiln and purchase firing space in our wood kilns.

Studio Residency
Indoor room or Arthouse, meals, and studio = $875 per week (does not include kiln firing)
Camping, meals, and studio = $665 per week (does not include kiln firing)

Kiln Firing Residency
Indoor room or Arthouse, meals = $525 per week (plus kiln firing fee below)
Camping, meals, = $315 per week (plus kiln firing fee below)

Clay is available for purchase at SAW, 50 lbs of pugged clay is $35.00

Ceramic Wood Kiln Firing Residencies

Saw offers firing residencies for each of the wood-kilns. Below are descriptions of both.
The large kiln firing residency dates are set in advanced, while the small kiln firing residency has a rolling application.

Small Kiln Firing Residency

SAW's small kiln firing residency is an opportunity for a ceramics artists to participate in a two day wood firing in SAW’s small anagama/train kiln. Resident firers will each receive 9 cubic feet of space inside the kiln, they will load their work along with another selected artist participating in the firing. Firing residents will each manage the kiln for (3) eight hour shifts during the firing. Individual artists or groups of artists may apply to this residency and share the shifts and the kiln space.

The small kiln firing residency has a rolling application. Please propose dates for your firing
residency. Expect one day for loading, followed by 48 hours of firing, totaling a 4 day residency. Please propose firing residency 2 months or more in advance of the firing.

Small Kiln Firing Fee:
$450 kiln fee includes 9 cubic feet of kiln space

Large Kiln Firing Residency

SAW's large kiln firing residency is an opportunity for a ceramic artists to fully participate in a five day wood firing in the large anagama/train kiln. Resident firers will each receive 6 to 12 cubic feet of space inside the kiln, will load their work along with other selected artists participating in the firing. Firing residents will each manage the kiln for four eight hour shifts during the firing.

Large Kiln Firing Fee:
$550 kiln fee includes 12 cubic feet of kiln space
$275 kiln fee includes 6 cubic feet of kiln space

Renting SAW’s Large Wood Kiln per cubic inch
Artist are welcome to bring work to be fired in our annual large kiln firing. SAW charges .06 cents a cubic inch for space in our wood kiln. Clay must be cone 10 clay, bisqued or bone dry upon delivery to SAW. Space in the kiln will be available on a first come first serve basis. Work to be fired must be dropped off at SAW no later then Wednesday June 26th for the loading. Please contact SAW if interested in bringing ceramic work to fire in the kiln.

Large Kiln Firing Schedule

Wednesday June 26th thru Sunday July 7th 2019
Arrival: Wednesday June 26th, 12 pm
Kiln Loading: Wednesday June 26th to Monday July 1st
Firing: Tuesday July 2nd to Sunday July 7th
Cooling: Monday July 8th to Tuesday July 9th
* Saturday July 13, Unload