KC Clay Guild hosts many special events throughout the year. From Raku Night in the Fall, the Holiday Sale and Studio Tour in the Winter, and workshops year-round tune in to this page to keep updated on all of our special events.
KC Clay Guild Board Meeting
KC Clay Guild Board Nomination Deadline
GET INVOLVED! Elections are coming!
Would you like to be more involved in the running of the KC Clay Guild?
Interested in serving on a not-for-profit board?
How it works: Per our bylaws, we elect 10 board members and, once elected, those ten Board members determine who fills what roles. The new board would sit from May 2018 through April 2019. Positions include:
What's involved in serving on the board? We ask that you attend monthly board meetings (approximately 2 hours per month), join or lead at least one committee (such as Raku, Building Improvements, TeaBowl National, Spring Sale, etc.) and volunteer at no less than three other clay guild events (i.e. volunteer Sunday, plaza art fair outreach, raku night, etc.) It varies by position but most board positions require a commitment of at least 6-10 hours per month.
If interested, please send your photo and responses to the following questions to: email@example.com
1) Why are you interested in serving on the KC Clay Guild Board?
2) Describe your skills, experience, and interests and how you might put it to use as a KC Clay Guild Board Member.
KC Clay Guild Board Member Elections
KC Clay Guild
Soda Firing Workshop with Louis Reilly
Deborah Wald, Plate, 2018 (piece fired at KCCG during)
Soda fired using the same clay body the workshop participants will use.
See Louis' work at louisreillystudio.com
Participants will have an in-depth and hands-on opportunity to learn how to fire the KC Clay Guild Soda Kiln using custom clay bodies.
Louis Reilly completed a MFA in Ceramics in 2013 with soda firing as the focus of his thesis. Louis worked on developing unique clay bodies that interact with the sodium vapor in the kiln to form beautiful surfaces without the application of slip or glaze. In this workshop, Louis will share his graduate research with the students. Students in the workshop will gain an understanding of firing the KC Clay Guild Soda Kiln to great success!
Students create pots using Louis' custom clay body and have them bisque fired. Students will have access to studio to make pieces. Pieces with smooth surfaces, broad planes, and clean shapes will interact best with the sodium vapor.
-Short lecture on loading and firing the kiln
-Glaze interior of pots
-Load kiln using wading, seashells
-Candle kiln overnight
-Hands-on firing of kiln
-Prepare soda mixture
-Artist Talk after body reduction, before soda introduction
-Potluck lunch, BBQ on kiln pad, KCCG to provide proteins, weather dependant
Following Saturday 10am-2pm:
-Kiln clean up
Fee: $200 for members, $250 for non-members
10 participant limit
Studio time to make pots included
25 pounds of custom clay body included
Each participant allotted 24”x12”x8” kiln space - example: 4 mugs, 2 dinner plates, and a small vase
A few notes:
-Wear closed-toe shoes during the workshop
-Bring a respirator if you have one
-The more time you spend at the kiln during the firing, the more you will learn. If you hope to learn how to fire this kiln, plan on being at KCCG all day on Sunday.
Louis Reilly, Bud Vase, 2019
Fourth Sunday Pottery Class is a one time class that introduces students to the potter's wheel.
During the 3 hour class, the students will focus on making pieces and having fun. Our staff will fire and glaze your pieces once the pieces are fired. We will have many glazes to choose from at the end of class. The pieces will be ready to pick up about 4 weeks after the class, we will email you when the pieces are ready to pick up.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Studio Soda Firing
Please read the following carefully before registering:
Bisque pieces must be dropped off by November 1.
We will email as soon as work is available for pickup.
-Pieces must be boxed (we usually have extra clay boxes available)
-Please label the box with your name
-Pieces should be ready to load. We will put wading on the pieces as we load the kiln
Space in the kiln will be sold by the shelf. Each shelf of the kiln is roughly 12"x24"x7". For example, this is enough space for roughly 10 mugs. Pieces in a soda kiln have to be spaced somewhat far apart, so this shelf space will fill quickly. Tall pieces will be fired on their side unless glazed or noted otherwise.
The cost of a shelf in the kiln is $35.
Pieces made from porcelain, B-Mix, or stoneware could be left bare on the outside of the pot or glazed on the outside of the pot. Results will vary, will typically be quite shiny and might have some interesting colors.
You'll need to register for open studio to come in and glaze or slip your work.
Glazes change a lot in the soda kiln. Celadon, shino, chun, and tenmoku are the glazes that will do the best in the kiln.
You may register for more than one shelf by adding a 'guest' to your registration.
All of the pieces will be distributed throughout the kiln - we won't be putting all of your work on the same shelf. Doing this makes sure that all of your pots don't turn out the same or end up on a shelf in the kiln that doesn't turn out well.
We will do our best to get great results on this firing. Not every piece will turn out perfectly, this is the nature of soda firing. If you have pieces that you want to be fired again, you will have to pay for another shelf in an upcoming firing.
This is no guarantee that all of the work that you drop off will make it into the firing. If you have extra pieces, you will have to register for a shelf for the next firing.
The cost of this firing is based on the labor involved in loading, firing, unloading and cleaning up each firing. The $35 per shelf price is in line with other organizations that provide soda firing services.
Do not hesitate to ask us any questions about the firing:
First Sunday Pottery Class is a one time class that introduces students to the potter's wheel.
Second Sunday Pottery Class is a one time class that introduces students to the potter's wheel.
Third Sunday Pottery Class is a one time class that introduces students to the potter's wheel.