riley colleen on wed 13 dec 06
Hey soda fire fans (or wannabees)
Just wanted to give you a heads up about a pre-NCECA soda firing
workshop for the 5 days just before NCECA.
It will be at the Mary Anderson Center, a beautiful artists' retreat
center on the campus of a monastery in the hills of southern Indiana,
just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville. And now for the shameless
self-promotion part: Donovan Palmquist (my husband) will be leading the
workshop. He will have just built a new soda kiln on site the previous
week, so we'll be breaking it in. Everyone will make work, load and fire
the kiln. There will be lots of discussion about soda firing techniques
as well as kiln construction and firing. Many of you only know of
Donovan as a kiln-builder, but he has also been a potter for 30+ years,
with soda firing one of his specialities. And, even though soda fire is
relatively new for me, I have been experimenting with many new slips and
glazes and am looking forward to sharing this info and trying more new
The cost of the workshop is $600 and includes on site room/board and
firing. Clay will be available for purchase or you can bring your own.
For more info, contact Norm Silva at 812-923-6942. Their web site is
If you aren't able to do the workshop, and especially if you have been
interested in the recent soda kiln discussion, you should make a point
to stop out and see the kiln while at NCECA. It will be on a tour of
southern Indiana stuff, maps and directions will be at the conference.
We were just in Louisville this past weekend and I must say NCECA going
to be fun! The city is beautiful, the restaurants are fabulous. Most
importantly, the local clay folks are really fired up to host a great
conference. The Galt House is an elegant, classic hotel, and there is
lots to do within walking distance of the convention center.