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Pierre Bounard Hands-on Workshop

  • 11 Feb 2017
  • 10:00 AM
  • 12 Feb 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • Pottery Studio

Pierre Bounaud’s unusual work will be familiar to visitors to BAI’s Celebrating Clay and Glass Show. His explorations of surface technique with terra sigillata inspired our studio potters to have him show us how he makes and applies this very fine slip. Terra sigillata is familiar as the burnished surface seen on classical Greek and Roman ware and on the pottery of many primitive peoples.  Pierre has taken this ancient process and made its uses contemporary, varied and exciting.

In this two-day hands-on workshop, you will learn how to make your own terra sigillata from a variety of common raw materials, how to add in colorants to develop a color palette, and how to apply terra sigillata to greenware to create your own original designs. Participants are encouraged to bring several demo pieces at the greenware stage (fully dried) to practice application of terra sigillata. 

Fee is $150.  Materials provided. Min. 8, Max 12 participants.  See below for special firing arrangements.*******

Day 1 Pierre will talk about what makes terra sigillata and how to prepare it from different sources, then set out to prepare a batch to set overnight. Day 1 includes demos and hands-on for participants.

Day 2 Covers the isolation of Terra Sigillata and its coloring and application to pieces with an eye for specific designs. All is done at the greenware stage.

****Special Raku and Saggar Firing to preserve the soft and shiny quality of terra sigillata will be made to fire your pieces with Lynn Dee on Saturday, Feb. 25, starting at 10am - completion.  Fee: $50.00  

to see Pierre’s work:  www.pierrebounaud.com                                                   instagram @pbounaud


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