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Monday, April 25, 2022


Don't miss out on this month's Artshop at The Old Mushroom Farm, Karkloof. On Saturday, April 30, 2022, Jessica Merle will be leading a workshop on Saggar Firing, where participants will be given 2 ceramic bisqued vessels to experiment with saggar firing techniques and take home at the end of the workshop.

Participants will learn how to make paper and tinfoil saggars, using natural elements like feathers, horsehair, leaves and flowers to create beautiful smoky surfaces on ceramic vessels.

"Traditionally a saggar is a lidded ceramic container that holds a pot during a firing. Its function can be to protect the pot from flames, smoke, gases & kiln debris, or to create a reduction chamber during the firing, Merle explains.

“In the case of alternative firings, the aluminium foil or newspaper saggar is the container that holds firing additives against the ceramic surface & encloses firing fumes."

Jessica Merle is a ceramist based in Hillcrest, KZN. She studied at UKZN’s Centre for Visual Art in Pietermaritzburg, where she learned all about hand-building and alternative firing techniques. The beauty of nature leads the way in Jessica’s creative practice. Her current series of work combines saggar firing with functional ceramics, using organic elements to create unique and smoky pieces with exciting surfaces. These pieces bring joy to our everyday rituals and remind us to slow down and engage with the small things in life.

The Saggar Firing Workshop will take place from 10h00 to 14h00 on April 30, 2022.

Cost: R400 –includes all art supplies, tea/coffee, take home two ceramic vessels.

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