Bonita Cohn on thu 27 may 04
FYI - For those who have wanted to fire with wood, here's a great
opportunity. There is still space in these workshops. I will be attending
the August Firing. This place is AWESOME!
Bonita in San Francisco.
2004 Summer & Fall=20
WOODFIRE WORKSHOPS at Pope Valley Pottery.
NOBORIGAMA 3 CHAMBER GLAZE/SALT/SODA
SUMMER WORKSHOP: JUNE 28 =AD JULY 4
INSTRUCTORS: WILLIE HULCE & ERIC VANDERMOLEN
FALL WORKSHOP: OCTOBER 4 =AD OCTOBER 10
INSTRUCTORS: WILLIE HULCE & RICHARD CARTER
This intensive hands-on workshop is an opportunity to work with artists who
build and use wood-fired kilns. It will cover all aspects of glazing,
loading, and firing a wood-fueled sodium vapor kiln. Instructors will give
demonstrations, slide presentations, and lectures throughout the workshop.
There are day and night shifts for the 36-hour firing of the kiln; all
participants will be on the firing schedule. Participants should bring up t=
8 cubic feet of their own bisqued work, anticipating that approximately 6
cubic feet of work will be included in the firing. A list of suggested clay=
for the noborigama firing will be sent upon registration. All workshop
students have 24-hour uninstructed use of the studio and should bring their
own clay and tools if they would like to work during the firing and cooling=
Bisque firing will be available. Please bring slides of your work for
presentation and discussion.
Skill Level: open to all, Tuition: $325
Materials: included, Enrollment Limited to 15
SUMMER WORKSHOP: AUGUST 9 - AUGUST 22
INSTRUCTOR: RICHARD CARTER
This unique 14-day hands-on workshop will focus on the techniques of loadin=
and firing an anagama. Richard will give demonstrations, slide
presentations, and lectures throughout the workshop and field trips will be
arranged for the kiln-cooling period. There are day and night shifts for th=
7-day firing of the kiln; all participants will be on the firing schedule.
Participants are welcome to bring up to 10 cubic feet of their own bisqued
work. Each participant should anticipate 8 cubic feet of work to be include=
in the firing. A list of suggested clays for the anagama firing will be sen=
upon registration. All workshop students have 24-hour uninstructed use of
the studio and should bring their own clay and tools if they would like to
work during the firing and cooling. Bisque, glaze, and raku firing will be
available. Please bring slides of your work for presentation and discussion=
Skill Level: open to all
Enrollment Limited to 15
RICHARD CARTER is the founder and director of Pope Valley Pottery. He holds
a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and studied at Penland
School of Crafts. He is currently a full time studio artist at Pope Valley
Pottery. Carter has been teaching for the past 24 years. He has taught and
led workshops at Mendocino Arts Center, Napa Valley College, the Fire Arts
Center, Eureka, Ca, and the Richard Carter Studio, Napa, CA. He built his
first wood burning kiln in 1976 and since then has been firing his work
primarily with wood. Carter=B9s vast knowledge of kiln building has led to
commissions by Ken Ferguson, Akio Takamori, and Irma Starr. Garth Clark
Gallery, New York, NY, and Japonesque, San Francisco, CA, are currently
representing his wood-fired sculpture. He has shown nationally and his work
is in the collections of Oakland Museum of California, Rene di Rosa
Preserve, Napa, CA, and the Stuart and Maxine Frankel Foundation for the
Arts, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
WILLIE HULCE, Berkeley-based clay artist, has been a part of Richard
Carter=B9s core wood-firing crew since the anagama and noborigama were built.
She works at the Berkeley Potters Guild, the oldest and largest clay co-op
on the west coast, and teaches at a small but vital art studio on the
University of California campus. For 5 years Willie co-owned an Anchorage
crafts gallery that supported hot and cold glass, metal casting and ceramic=
studios in which she created and taught. She lived in the Alaskan bush for
20 years, 8 years of which was spent as an artist-in-residence in remote
villages. Willie has a BS in Art Education, BFA in Ceramics and MFA in
Ceramics and Performance.
ERIC VANDERMOLEN has worked at Pope Valley Pottery for the past 4 years.
During this time he has built several kilns including the construction of
the noborigama on which this workshop will focus. Before working at Pope
Valley Pottery Eric studied ceramics at Humboldt State University. Ceramic
Historian Garth Clark's recently written article on the future of functiona=
ceramics, "Bernard's Orphans", was dedicated to Eric following conversation=
between the two regarding the state of contemporary functional pottery.
Eric's background in pottery is one of traditional, functional, philosophy
and aesthetics. He is currently focusing on ceramic forms that maintain th=
simplicity and utility of traditional pottery but are relevant to
About Pope Valley Pottery: Pope Valley Pottery has a rich history of
workshops with instructors Peter Voulkos, Ken Ferguson, Shiro Otani, Victor
Babu, Kathy Kearns, Masakazu Kusakabe, and others. It has been referred to
as a =B3bucolic Shangri-La=B2 and a =B3remarkably successful art-making community=
by author and art critic Garth Clark. Pope Valley Pottery is located
approximately eighty miles northeast of San Francisco in the eastern hills
of Napa Valley. Situated on 85 acres of rolling hills, redwood groves and
meadows, this 140-year-old ranch was originally a vineyard and winery then
plum and nut orchards and a sheep ranch. Many of the original barns and
outbuildings remain and have been converted to working studios, a kiln shed=
gallery, and resident housing. In 1990 Richard Carter established Richard
Carter Studio in Napa, providing an environment to stimulate creative and
personal growth among committed ceramic artists through mutual exchange of
ideas, techniques and philosophies. In the spring of 2000, Richard moved th=
studio to its new location in Pope Valley and founded Pope Valley Pottery.
The new facility offers the same challenging and stimulating environment
with increased space for residency programs and workshops.
Many world famous wineries, restaurants, art museums, spas, mineral pools
and mud baths are located nearby.
Facilities: The kiln shed houses a 120 cu. ft. three-chamber wood burning
climbing kiln for glaze, soda, and salt firing, a 150 cu. ft. wood burning
anagama kiln, gas reduction kilns, raku kilns, and many electric kilns of
various sizes. Also housed in the kiln shed is a clay mixing area with a
Soldner mixer. The studio includes a large slab roller, 12 electric wheels=
wedging table, large working tables and shelves. There is also a
well-stocked glaze room.
Accommodations: Creek side camping and tent cabins are available seasonally
for workshop participants. The campground includes an outdoor kitchen
facility with a wood burning grill, refrigerator, sink, and picnic tables.
The outdoor kitchen is not supplied with cooking or eating utensils.
Bathroom and showers are located at the ranch house. For the 2004 workshop
season car or tent camping is $7.00 per night. There are 2 shared tent
cabins with 2 single beds each available for $15.00 per night per bed. Each
tent cabin includes bedding and 2 dressers. The main ranch house has one
shared bedroom, adjacent to a shared bathroom, with 2 single beds available
for $25.00 per person per night. It also has one private bedroom available
for one or two persons, adjacent to a shared bathroom, with one double bed
available for $60.00 per night. There is a creek fed swimming pool located
at the campground.
Meals: During the summer Noborigama workshop a meal program is available fo=
$30.00 per day, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner and are not
vegetarian. Richard Carter, who worked under Chef Sally Schmitt for 7 years
at the French Laundry in Yountville, will be preparing the meals.
Participants not wishing to partake in the meal program will have use of th=
campground kitchen facility.
The Anagama and fall Noborigama workshops meals will be participant
organized and prepared and use of the fully equipped ranch house kitchen
will be available. Participants not joining in the group meals will have us=
of the campground kitchen facilities.
For more information on Pope Valley Pottery, please visit:
_____NOBORIGAMA 3 CHAMBER GLAZE/SALT/SODA
SUMMER WORKSHOP, JUNE 28 =AD JULY 4 INSTRUCTORS: WILLIE HULCE & ERIC
WORKSHOP FEE: $325.00
Registration Fee: $162.50, non-refundable after June 14th. Balance of
$162.50 is due on arrival.
_____MEAL PROGRAM FOR NOBORIGAMA SUMMER WORKSHOP ONLY
Meal program with in-house cook is $30.00 per day and payable upon arrival.
SUMMER WORKSHOP, AUGUST 9 - AUGUST 22, INSTRUCTOR: RICHARD CARTER
WORKSHOP FEE: $500.00
Registration Fee: $250.00, non-refundable after July 26th. Balance of
$250.00 is due on arrival.
_____NOBORIGAMA 3 CHAMBER GLAZE/SALT/SODA
FALL WORKSHOP, OCTOBER 4 =AD OCTOBER 10, INSTRUCTORS: WILLIE HULCE &
WORKSHOP FEE: $325.00
Registration Fee: $162.50, non-refundable after September 20th. Balance
of $162.50 is due on arrival.
City ___________________________________ State _____ Zip _________
Make checks payable to: RICHARD CARTER
Please send registration form with check to: Richard Carter
1570 Ink Grade
Pope Valley, CA 94567
Please call to reserve beds in the tent cabins or ranch house rooms.
Upon receiving your registration fee an information packet will be sent.