Friday September 23 - 6-9pm • free
Saturday & Sunday September 24-25 - 9am -4pm
$200 • Spectator pass
$275 • raku participant pass
Get ready for an action packed weekend with Steven Branfman! Friday night: slide show,
reception and book signing. Saturday & Sunday: throwing and forming demonstrations,
including personal surface treatments, inlaid colored glass, narrow neck vases, one handed
throwing, glazing and raku firing! Steven's personal and friendly style will entertain as well as
inform. Be ready to ask questions and join in the discussion and conversation as a spectator
OR participate in firing your own pots! Steven will talk about his life, career and experiences as
a student, potter, teacher, writer and businessman. Don’t miss it!
No experience with raku is necessary!
Friday Night: Slide presentation will trace Steven’s clay career over the past 30 years, including
The Potters Shop, raku history and survey, selections from his wide ranging personal clay
collection and more! Questions, discussion, and conversation is encouraged. Reception and
book signing to follow. Steven's books can be purchased in the Meiklem Kiln Works Gift Shop.
Saturday: Demonstration of throwing, forming, and decorating techniques and processes:
throwing off the hump, altering shapes, surface design and manipulation, addition of dry
materials to clay surfaces, inlaying colored glass, narrow neck bottle forms, expanding forms
from the inside, coil and throw, large forms, platters. Glazing and Raku firing demonstration.
Sunday: More demonstration including finishing, trimming, and additional vessel forming (if
time allows). Participants will glaze their bisque pieces and have the opportunity to fire work
throughout the day under Steven's guidance. A variety of firing techniques including controlling
atmospheres, salt, fuming, slip resist (naked raku), shard resist, copper mat, post fire
techniques, and others will be discussed and/or demonstrated.
REGISTER NOW! SPACE IS LIMITED!
Short Bio of Steven Branfman
Steven Branfman is the founder of the Potters Shop and School and the author of Raku: A
Practical Approach, The Potters Professional Handbook, and Mastering Raku: Making Ware-
Glazes-Building Kilns-Firing. Branfman has been an independent studio potter since1975. His
work appears in private, corporate and museum collections and has been exhibited in
galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has delivered numerous
workshops and presentations in North America and Europe and is inspired by the concept that
pottery forms have a volume and inward pressure that defines the shape. "My concern is to
make good pots, pots that hold up to thousands of years of ceramic history. My work is about
vessels and the characteristics that make the vessel come alive: volume, texture, color and
scale. I try to preserve the connection between contemporary ceramic expression and pottery's
origins as functionalcontainers, not to transform and abandon it. Though my forms are not
functional as in domestic ware, they do suggest function and are certainly containers."
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