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 voiceand 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.
WHAT OUR CERAMICS PROGRAM OFFERS
The Clay Studio
SAW’s ceramics studio is available to artists working with clay. Artists have 24 hour access to the studio.
SAW’s clay studio comfortably fits two artists working on a large scale. Please see below what equipment is offered in the studio.
2 electric wheels
2 kick wheels
Plaster wedging table
Large canvas tables
Basic clay tools
Electric Kiln: Scutt-1227, 27 inches deep and 28 inches wide, computer controlled. Max temp. 04, use for low fire glazing or bisque. Saw rents kiln at 30.00 per firing.
Clay available for purchase, 50 lb box of pugged clay is 25.00
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 120 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.
The Clay Residency
Artist may apply for a clay residency and have 24 hour access to the studio. Residency rates are 25 dollars a day for studio access. 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. Current rate is .06 a cubic inch for firing space in a wood-kiln. Clay is available for purchase at SAW, 50 lbs of pugged clay is $25.00
The 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.
2016 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 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 five eight hour shifts during the firing.
Dates of 2016 Large Kiln Firing Residency
Sunday, May 1st | Applications due
Friday, May 6th | Residency Notification
Thursday, June 30th | Arrival, introductions and slide talk by firers
Friday, July 1 thru Monday, July 4th | Loading kiln
Tuesday, July 4 thru Saturday July 9th | Firing kiln
Sunday, July 10th | Departure
Saturday, July 16th | Kiln Unloading
Fees for large kiln firing residency:
$500 kiln fee includes 12 cubic feet of kiln space.
Accommodation information can be found here.
2016 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.
Fees for small kiln firing residency:
$450 kiln fee includes 9 cubic feet of kiln space
Accommodation information can be found here.
Renting Space in SAW’s Large Wood Kiln
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 Thursday June 30th for the loading. Please contact SAW if interested in bringing ceramic work to fire in the kiln.