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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

John Dix

John Dix


Instructor: John Dix

June 30–July 5, 2020 (Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this class has been cancelled.


We will load and fire all three atmospheric kilns at the Mendocino Art Center. Students must bring bisque ware of high temperature clay ready to glaze, we will provide glazes, slips, and wadding. Starting with the Train Kiln on the first day, this kiln gives beautiful natural ash glazes as well as wood-fired glaze affects. It is a very reliable and easy to fire kiln, perfect for learning about wood-fired pottery. The second day we will load the wood salt kiln, a more traditional catenary wood-fired salt kiln. It is large and fires smoothly and quickly in 36-42 hours giving beautiful salt glaze results. On the third day we will load the gas soda kiln, also a catenary arch, which is an inspiring little kiln. It gives a beautiful range of carbon trapping to more oxidized soda results. These kilns will all be firing at the same time on the fourth day and we will be shutting each kiln down in the afternoon/evening. We will allow the kilns to cool for a day and on the last day of the workshop we will unload all three kilns one after the other, spend some time observing the work, discussing the results, and cleaning up the kilns. Tools and instruction for cleaning the pots will be offered as well.


JOHN DIX has spent the last 25 of his 35 years with clay primarily in Japan. This has led to works that show a strong Japanese influence but still retain elements of his early training in the West.

John grew up in Flint, Michigan. After graduating from Albion College, he embarked on an apprenticeship under master potter Peter Johnson. The skills he learned there enabled him to travel and work with potters in Greece and Israel before arriving in Japan in 1989. He worked in Bizen and Shigaraki before establishing a kiln and studio in the Tanba area.

A popular part-time pottery instructor in Japan for the past 15 years, John also offers workshops, lectures and demonstrations outside of Japan, primarily in the United States.

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Current MAC Members: $684
Non-members: $760 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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