Class Schedule for Dave Hodapp

What to bring:
Plastic bag for burnishing, if you have one a banding wheel may be useful. Flexible metal rib.
Heavy work gloves or raku gloves if you have them. Water spray bottle. Rag or micro-fiber
cloth for polishing. Natural fiber clothing appropriate for a raku firing: closed toe shoes, long
sleeves, long pants.

8-10 pieces of already bisque fired ware (no greenware please). Maximum size 8”x8”x8”. Clay
body must be of a clay that can withstand the thermal shock of a raku firing, such as a raku or
grogged sculpture clay body. Soldate 60 and Laguna WSO are examples of appropriate clay
bodies. For naked raku and horsehair techniques, surfaces should be smoothed, either ribbed
well or burnished. Hand built pieces are fine, as long as they are smooth surfaced.

Day 1 - August 11th

9:30am - Meet and greet


10:00am - Introduction to surface decorations using mica powders


10:30am - Preparation and application of mica infused terra sigillata to already bisque fired ware.


11:30am - Load bisque kiln with pieces for day two's naked raku firing. Load and fire raku Kiln for mica infused terra sigillata horsehair raku.


12:00pm - Lunch


1:00pm - Remove pieces and apply horsehair, clean and seal.


2:00pm - Prepare pieces for foil saggar firing


3:00pm - Load and fire kiln. Demonstration of mica infused sodium silicate technique.


4:30pm - Unload foil saggar pieces, clean and seal.

Day 2 - August 12th

9:30am - Unload bisque kiln. Naked raku resist slip preparation and application. Load and fire raku kiln for a naked raku firing. Continue sodium silicate technique demonstration.

11:30am - Remove naked raku pieces, reduce, remove slip, clean and seal.


12:00pm - Lunch


12:30pm - Second naked raku firing.


2:30pm - Second horsehair firing.


4:00pm - Wrap up. Sharing of results.


4:30pm - Unload foil saggar pieces, clean and seal.