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Terra Sigillata, Saggar, Milk & Obvara
Terra Sigillata, Saggar, Milk & Obvara

Tue, Jul 18



Terra Sigillata, Saggar, Milk & Obvara

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Time & Location

Jul 18, 2023, 10:00 AM – Jul 25, 2023, 10:00 AM

Lexington, 130 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421, USA

About the Class or Event

5 Sessions, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Begins July 18, Indoors - Meets in Ceramic Studio (Last Session Meets Outdoors)

Skills Level: All

Class: $338

Description: This class is a five session workshop with master potter Shamai Gibsh. Shamai will demonstrate Terra Sigillata preparation.  The class will explore a layering technique of various colored terra sigillata, application of masking tape and additional colored terra sigillata. Students will also learn the "smoke print" technique and work with Iron Chloride in the Raku kiln,  and saggar using  aluminum foil. There will also be elcectric kiln milk firing. Lastly, students will prepare brew for Obvara & Fire Obvara. 


-Students will have to have read chapters 1, 3, 4, 9, and 10 of Shamai Gibsh's book, "Smoke, Fire and Clay," before the first class. If you would like to purchase the book click here

-Participants are to bring 7 pieces, all bone dry; 3 pieces for the layering terra sigillata technique, 2 for the soluble iron aluminum saggar, and 2 for the milk firing. All work should be vertical in form and no larger than 6” in height. In addition Shamai recommends that you bring 6” square tiles for additional tests. For best results work should be burnished as smooth as possible with a red silicone rib.

-Participants are to bring 3 bisqued pieces (made using raku clay). They should not be taller or wider than 6", and having a textured surface adds to the unique decorative effect.

Note: The indoor sessions of this workshop take place on the following four dates: July 18th, July 20th, July 22nd, and July 24th. Obvara on July 25th will take place outside at LexArt. 

About the instructor: 

Shamai Gibsh grew up in Israel and was educated as an engineer and ceramicist in the USA. He is a member of IAC-International Academy of Ceramics, the international Board Member representative in ICAN, and a board member in the IAC - International Academy of Ceramics.

Shamai gives multiple workshops in his unique alternative firing techniques all over the world. Recently published a book which summarizes all his techniques: “Terra Sigillata, Smoke Fire & Clay”. He has participated in many residencies and exhibitions, and his art is in collections of multiple Museums and private in Asia, Europe, and USA. His work has been featured in a variety of ceramic magazines, books and publications. Currently represented by Plinth Gallery, Denver Colorado USA, Curated Ceramics, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Land of Israel Museum, (MUZA), Tel Aviv, Israel, Kolbo Gallery, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA.

Email: Web: Member of IAC-  International Academy of Ceramics Member of Artaxis

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Please take a look at our registration policy and our current covid policy before your class.

Local dining options, accommodations, and more information about our facility can be found HERE.  For any other questions our contact information is HERE.


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