Soda firing results
The Big Burn with Bruce Dehnert (originally Lander, WY) and Steve Cook (San Diego, CA) at Peter's Valley Craft School.
I'll just preface this post with a short informative note: I attended The Big Burn at the end of July through the first part of August. I was there for one week, and have just now, five months later, had time to sit down and gather a few photos. I've been a hair busy :)
I would say that up until about March of this year I had no idea what craft schools were, let alone what/where Peter's Valley is. Apparently, craft schools are a big thing, and fine arts students around the country attend and intern all over to gain experience from the masters. In fact, there's even a website dedicated to the craft school experience: http://www.craftschools.us/ or https://craftcouncil.org/ for even more juicy information.
This is Peter's valley:
Now, when I think New Jersey, I think the Jersey shore because what else could be possibly there? A national park? Certainly not. Except there is, and Peter's Valley is right in the middle of it. In fact, when I got picked up from the Newark airport (90 minutes away), my ride informed me that tics are a major issue and I really needed to watch out for poison ivy. I laughed. She wasn't joking. (In the end, no tics, but I learned the hard way the importance of bug spray by being introduced to chiggers...so, there's that.)
In any case, I stayed a week in a wonderfully historic home (seen right), and I participated in five different firings:
So, those are just a few photos documenting the firing processes that I was able to experience, and I'll upload (soon-ish I'm sure) some images in the portfolio section of the successful pieces that made it back. Actually, of the 35+ pieces that I shipped all the way back to Wyoming, all but two made it! I desperately hope to make it back to another workshop someday. Thank you to Peter's Valley, Bruce, Steve, and the other wonderful participants that weekend!