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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Ian Hazard-Bill

Ian Hazard-Bill

Ian Hazard-Bill


Instructor: Ian Hazard-Bill
July 10–14, 2019 (Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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


This workshop is designed to build an understanding in the differences between salt and soda firing. We will be firing two kilns simultaneously side by side, our gas soda kiln and our wood salt kiln. Our wood/gas salt kiln is a large cross draft catenary arch with an internal firebox and burners to help reach temp. Our soda kiln is a smaller cross draft gas kiln. Students will bring bisqueware and we will have glazes and slips available for students.

The first day will be spent glazing and wadding pots for the salt kiln. We’ll start a fire in the kiln the first night and the instructor will give a short talk on salt and soda firing. The second day we’ll be firing the salt kiln while we load the soda kiln and we’ll fire off both kilns on the third day. Day four will be cooling day, the instructor will offer demonstrations on throwing and working with slips, continue conversations on the subject of salt and soda firing, and we will have a wood-fired pizza celebration. The last day we will unload the kilns first thing and analyze our results.


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 Creative Arts, and assistant to the Director at Cub Creek Foundation before his 2019-20 residency at the Mendocino Art Center.

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