May 30 - June 24, 2016
Application Deadline February 3, 2016
OverviewIn the spirit of a community barn raising, this residency will bring together emerging and established ceramic artists to create new work and explore kiln construction, culminating in the building and firing of The Banff Centre’s first wood fire Train Kiln.
The use of wood to “fire” clay is a continuity of technology and tradition from ancient history into contemporary practice. The characteristic earthen tones, ash deposits, burnt sienna flashings, natural glaze surfaces, and spontaneous effects, are sought after in atmospheric firing processes. The Train Kiln, named after its elongated rectangular shape reminiscent of a rail car, epitomizes these effects. Soda firing techniques, surfaces, textures, and processes will also be explored.
What does the program offer?Participating artist will delve into wood kiln history, theory, principles of design, construction and firing process with the goal of understanding and maximizing the nuances of wood firing and its relationship to form and surface. Discussions and workshops addressing clay-body formulation, wheel and hand building processes, loading and firing strategies for atmospheric kilns, are also part of this residency. As well, artists will have time to explore independent projects and push their work in new creative directions through studio visits with faculty mentors and feedback from peers.
Who should apply?This residency is for emerging and experienced ceramic-based artists with an exhibition record and formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.
Full details and application requirements: www.banffcentre.ca/programs/kiln-raising