Taught by studio potter, Studio Ranj aka Ranjit Dhaliwal, this course will teach you some basic techniques for smoke firing your ceramics, which can be done even at home (please read the Health and Safety PDF that accompanies this course). This course was filmed at the Lea Bridge Road studio of our partner, Turning Earth.
Using materials that can be found in and around your home, you will learn how to prepare your pots for firing, the different techniques and firing effects, how to safely create your own alternative kiln, and smoke-fire multiple pots in one firing.
This course is perfect for ceramicists from intermediate through to advanced potters looking to experiment with alternative kiln-firing techniques that go beyond glazing, or for anyone looking to brush up on their techniques and knowledge of firing effects.
At the end of this course, you'll be able to create some fascinating and unusual finishes to your work.
Please note that your pots will need to have been bisque fired to 900 degrees before using these alternative firing techniques.
Turning Earth is an open-access members’ ceramics studio that is accessible to anyone - from total beginners to professional artists.
Its beautiful studios in London E2 occupies two large, glass-fronted railway arches on the Kingsland Viaduct, between Hoxton and Haggerston overground stations. Turning Earth E10 is a new centre for ceramics that opened in the Lee Valley, East London in March 2017, in the 8,500 sq ft top floor of an old hardware factory.
Membership is for anyone who can work independently, and is completely flexible. Practitioners can come for up to 15 hours a week, at times that suit you.
You can join here.