Salt-Soda Firing Series
with Gordon Hutchens

A two program series that explores in detail the making, decorating and firing of pots using salt and/or soda firing methods. Gordon Hutchens has worked with salt and soda-firing methods since studying with Don Pilcher and Don Rietz while attending the University of Illinois in the late 1960's. His work has been exhibited widely in North America and Japan. The series includes the following two programs:

Clays Slips and Glazes
Loading and Firing
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"Straight forward, unpretentious videos that communicate a lot of information.... well organized with strong production values.... makes all the 'how-to' books seem hopelessly inadequate." (Contact, No. 107)

"As usual with Tara Productions, the technical work is excellent.... Recommended." (Video Librarian)

"This two video set on salt-soda firing will be an excellent introduction and give the base for a working potter or instructor to actually do it and as Gordon Hutchens continually exudes joy. For libraries serving an advanced art program.... get this set; it will be well worth it." (Book Report, In Press)

Program 1 : Clays Slips and Glazes  (60 minutes)

Gordon demonstrates how to utilize the unique effects created by different clays, slips and glazes during a high-temperature salt-soda firing. He uses numerous examples of finished pieces to illustrate the beautiful, and varied, results possible from this unique firing method. Recipes and printed notes are included.

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Program 2: Loading and Firing  (60 minutes)

Gordon shows in detail how to maintain and load a kiln and how to manage a salt-soda firing. The program captures the intensity and excitement of the cone nine salt-soda firing and displays the results of the many pots created during the two programs.

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