KEN TURNER
ALUMINUM FOIL SAGGAR FIRING
This alternative fast fire method will impart a beautiful and colorful atmospheric quality to the surface of your decorative ceramic work. Ken will discuss and demonstrate the process to insure the greatest possible outcome for participants. Beginning with clay body types, terra sigillata application and bisque firing temps. Then to pre-fire chemical solution application, organic and inorganic materials that can be added to impart further surface influence prior to wrapping in the work in the aluminum foil. And on to the process of loading the kiln and firing, which are a crucial component to the outcome. Horsehair decoration post firing is also an option with this technique. To conclude Ken will demonstrate sealing and enhancing the surface of your beautiful finished work.

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Participants Preparations: 2 or 3 small pieces 4”-6” made out of a clay body that will withstand the thermal shock of the quick fire process. Using your choice of forming techniques and polished with terra sigillata or burnished, your work should be prepared ahead of the conference and fired to a cone 010 bisque ideally, however bisque fired up to cone 04 yields satisfactory results. Avoid lowfire earthenware clay bodies as they are susceptible to cracking. A highfire porcelain body that can withstand raku firing stresses yield beautiful results. Terra sigillatta is easy to make but may also be available at your nearest clay supply store. Globe type forms are the most resistant to cracking and show the surface well. These works are decorative only and should not be used to serve food or contain liquid.

 

Additional Information
Ken has had numerous exhibitions, his work in the collection of the Washington Art consortium, currently displayed at Northwest Museum of Art & Culture, and The American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA. Ken’s work has been shown and collected internationally; Concept Exhibition of Post Imperial Porcelain, Palace Museum Beijing, China, and is well represented in well numerous publications and private collections.
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Ken has defined his career in all aspects of the clay world, from studio pottery production to refined one-offs of decorative porcelain vessels and clay sculpture to kiln design and fabrication. Considered a master of his craft Mr. Turner has toured and lectured across China including The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and The Fine Arts College of Shanghai University, China. He has been a respected teacher of ceramic techniques at Universities, Colleges and Art Centers since 1994. He is currently A BFA instructor of Ceramics and the Director of the “Plastic Arts Lab” at Digipen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA) where he designs the ceramic facility and class curriculum.