Complements of the many manufacturers who will be here to help us celebrate 30 years, Bracker’s will be offering a ton of mini-workshops on Friday, June 29th! These are free, but we do request that you sign up for things you want to attend so that we can provide a head count to the manufacturers and make sure we have enough products, space etc. I know the decisions will be tough to make as there are several things happening at once, but no matter what you come to, you’re sure to have a great time! To sign up for specific workshops, fill out the form below all the descriptions or give us a call to let us know! Let me state again, the workshops are FREE for you to attend. We just want to count you so we can plan. Don’t delay, sign up today!
Potter’s Choice Glazes with Tim Martin of AMACO 9:30am-11:30am
Learn brushing techniques, what brushes to use, and how to layer glazes to create unique and personal reduction looks in an electric kiln at a Mid-Range (cone 5-6) by using AMACO Potter’s Choice glazes. A breakdown of the Potter’s Choice glaze line will be covered to help participants understand glaze applications and how it affects the final fired look of the glaze. In addition, the class will cover the use of AMACO’s specialty glazes to further create even more unique looks by using Arroya and Texturizer glazes.
The Low-Down on the Low-Stone with Richard Arnfield of Spectrum Glazes 10:00am-12:00pm
In this two hour workshop, Richard will talk technique, address application, & discuss decoration using the extremely popular Spectrum Low-Stone Glaze line. As a bonus, Richard will be happy to answer questions related to common glaze defects such as crazing, pinholing, blistering, shivering, & crawling.
Fear no Firing with David Gamble of Skutt Kilns 11:00am-12:00pm
Learn basic info on firing your electric kiln. David will share tips on loading, firing, testing, safety, purchasing & maintenance. Free firing posters include a cone chart.
Throwing upside down with Marc Lueders of Ceramic Shop/Hydrobats 12:00pm-1:00pm
Come learn how to throw a bowl upside down using the Hydro-Bat Hump Molds
From Tile to Tray and more with Dan Gegen 1:00pm-2:00pm
This workshop will be primarily a demonstration of the tilemaker and a variety of different surfaces, from texturing to painting into wet slip. Tiles will be turned into shallow trays with texture using a hump mold. The tile will also be transformed into a salsa type bowl by darting and re-assembling.
Glazestorm with Tim Martin of AMACO 1:30pm-4:30pm
This is a whirlwind hands-on workshop where participants will get the opportunity to try several AMACO low fire glazes and underglazes including CTL – Crystaltex Crystalline Gloss Glazes, Teacher’s Choice/Teacher Palette Gloss Glaze, Opalescent Gloss Glazes, and Velvet Underglazes.
Stamps, Rollers & Clay with Rick McKinney of MKM Tools 2:00pm-4:00pm
In this workshop, slab pots will be textured with a variety or rollers, stamps and other assorted tools.
Japanese Ceramics with Yosuke Koizumi of Shimpo Ceramics 2:30pm-4:30pm
A half hour slide presentation/lecture on history of Japanese Ceramics will be followed by an hour and a half long, interactive throwing demo, including Japanese style throwing off the hump AND throwing large 50 pound bowl!