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Studio Sale | Summer 2017

Sat & Sun, July 1-2

Sat & Sun, July 8-9

Sat & Sun, July 15-16

Sat & Sun, July 22-23

Walnut Creek Civic Arts
Ceramic Studio Classes

Pit firing is the original method for “baking” clay.  It dates back nearly 30,000 years ago.  This process is a simple firing technique where a hole is dug, sawdust is placed on the floor of this most primitive kiln and pots are placed on top. Copper carbonate is sprinkled around the pots as well as salt, sea weed, cow dung, dry cat food, banana peels and other combustible materials. Wood is placed on top of the pots and set on fire. In this open kiln, the heat from the burning wood ignites the combustibles and the dancing fumes penetrate the open pores of the hot clay surface.

Salt firing is a vapor-glazing process where salt (sodium chloride) is introduced into kiln firebox at a high temperature. The salt vaporizes, and sodium vapor combined with silica in clay, forms extremely hard sodium-silicate glaze on the clay surface.

This holiday sale features a wide range of functional ceramics and various art objects, which many people buy as gifts. This sale takes up the whole house because of the amount of work presented and is the culmination of the new ideas and work of the year. The Summer sale is in the garden and includes more garden-oriented objects such as planters and sculptural forms. Eclectic garden creatures next to tea pots and platters await visitors, friends, students and neighbors at this sale

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James Newton Ceramics

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