2nd European Woodfire Conference to be held in Skælskør, Denmark from the 28th -31st August 2014.

Skælskør is a small coastal town one and a half hours by road from Copenhagen. From Copenhagen Airport, or the Main Station, trains run to Slagelse where you change to bus nr 470 to Skælskør. Link here allows you to plan your journey. Enter "Skælskør Bus Station" as destination.
A list of accommodation options in Skælskør can be found here on this blog.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Pre-Conference Workshop in Germany!

Pre-conference workshop "Strange Things with Salt" with Chester Nealie and Markus Böhm at Müritzkeramik, Alt Gaarz, Germany

21st August to 26th August
Muritz to Skælskør: 282kms (including ferry crossing)

4 hours 54 mins
Skaelskor, Denmark

282.0 km
From: Müritz To: Skaelskor, Denmark

Strange Things with Salt

Salt firing workshop with Chester Nealie at Alt Gaarz

Jan 13
This workshop is organised by the Geman potters association "kalkspatz e.V." - the same organisation, that organised the first European Woodfire Conference at Bröllin. Now Danish woodfirers have taken over the challenge of organising the second conference at Skælskør and incorporated this workshop within their official pre-conference programme. 
began potting in 1964 after instruction in New Zealand from Shoji Hamada, Takeichi Kawai and Michael Cardew. He has lectured, built kilns and conducted many firings in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, USA, Korea and Norway. Although the pots have a basic classical form, their individuality is present in the freedom and joy in hand-making combined with the magical spontaneity of flame. He lives now  at Goanna Ridge near Gulgong, NSW, Australia.

He will do strange things with salt at Alt Gaarz within the beautiful landscape of the Mecklenburg lake district and he will use Markus Böhm's famous and very successful, smokeless Bourry Box kiln, which was built and designed together with Steve Harrison. So the technique of salt firing returns to Germany from the opposite side of the world with all the changes that took place. Chester will place wood directly on the pots, load the kiln with bundle stacks, throw the salt onto the pots instead bringing it into the fire box, use charcoal for the firing instead for the grill and do other strange things - all this to achieve those special woodfire salt glaze effects that are creating these wonderful lively surfaces. During the cooling cycle of the kiln he will demonstrate, i.e. his coil and throw techniques on the wheel.
This is a workshop for all of you, who are bored about throwing salt into the fire box - and for those, who would like to enjoy the late summer laid back atmosphere between two lakes together with friends and good talks.
Please bring some bisqued pots with you. They should stand at cone 11 to 13. Maybe cone 14. And please not again only tea bowls - we need pots for bundle-stacking!
Term: Thursday, 21st of August to Tuesday, 26th of August
Place: D-17248 Alt Gaarz, Müritzkeramik
Participants: 14 (maximum)
Fee: 350€ (330€ for kalkspatz members) (without accommodation and food)
For accommodation you can book directly here or just ask us, we try to find something. If you are interested, please do not book too late, it is still high season!
The meals are together with share in the costs. We will organise kitchen-teams among the participants.
 Booking the workshop is directly at kalkspatz e.V.  (The German potters Association). You are booked when kalkspatz e.V. receives the payment. Please contact Frauke Sambale at sem@kalkspatz.de 
Thursday, 21st of August to Tuesday, 26th of August

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