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Mendocino Art Center Soda Firing

Mendocino Art Center Soda Firing

Mendocino Art Center Soda Firing

Mendocino Art Center Soda Firing


Instructor: Ian Hazard-Bill
May 14–17, 2020 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


In this class students will participate in a soda firing at the Mendocino Art Center in our cross-draft soda kiln. Students will be exposed to various glazing techniques and learn about the effects soda has on wares when it is introduced to the kiln at high temperatures. This course will include loading, firing, unloading and cleaning of the kiln and wares. Glazing and loading will take place Thursday night and the kiln will be fired on Friday, with cooling Saturday and unloading on Sunday.

IAN HAZARD-BILL was born and raised in Marin County. He started working in clay in high school and has continued since. He has a B.A. in ceramics and community-based sustainability from The Evergreen State College. He has been an apprentice to Seth Cardew in Spain for three months, an Artist in Residence at the Cub Creek Foundation, studio manager at Sugar Maples Center for the Arts, as the assistant to the Director at Cub Creek Foundation, and as an Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center before taking over as the Ceramics Program Coordinator. He makes functional pottery on the wheel, and with a unique slab-building technique and fires his work in wood or salt/soda kilns.

The cross-draft gas fired soda kiln was built in 2013 by local artist Nick Schwartz and Evan Hobart. It is a fun and interesting kiln to fire and produces beautiful soda effects on either functional or sculptural ceramics.

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Current MAC Members: $157
Non-members: $175 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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