Coming soon! Soda Firing at Sonoma Ceramics, Sonoma Community Center!
We have a new community cross-draft soda kiln, “Julia”!
While a very hands-on and physical workshop, it will also include lectures and conversations surrounding the firing process, opportunity to load and spray soda and make adjustments to the burner and damper.
Participants should bring bisque pieces ready to glaze or already glazed.
Our soda kiln is a tool for valuable educational opportunities and community building, ultimately bringing more people together for shared explorations in clay. This kiln will be used for research into best practices, methodologies, and environmental impact, and especially how soda firing is used to achieve unique surfaces. Our Spring 2022 Artist in Resident, Tab Link, will kick start this research while working with the kiln for the first 6 months of its life. In an effort to make soda firing more accessible, research findings and kiln construction information will be compiled and offered as a resource online, free to the clay community at large. With minimal opportunity for public soda firing in Northern California, Sonoma Ceramics is committed to creating a safe, accessible, and inclusive community firing resource for the Bay area and beyond.
This kiln was made possible by the Julia Terr Fund for Ceramic Arts which has underwritten kilns around the country including Penland School of Craft and Archie Bray Foundation…. and now there is one in Sonoma County not far from where Julia Terr lived and made her pots. It’s amazing to witness Julia’s spirit continue to move through the world and see how her memory and love of ceramics inspires others. The Julia Fund is under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Sonoma and is supported by individuals who want to provide encouragement and facilities to nonprofit art and ceramic communities. You can make a tax-deductible contribution to support ceramic arts by sending a check to: The Julia Terr Fund for Ceramic Arts c/o Community Foundation of Sonoma County, 120 Stony Point Road, #220, Santa Rosa, Ca 95401.
Artist in Residence, Atmospheric Object Maker and Instructor