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march, 2023

07Mar4:00 PM5:00 PMWood Fired Pottery: Exploring Tradition and Present through Practice and Process


(Tuesday) 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Wilson Museum

112 Perkins St

Event Details

The time-honored technique of wood firing finds its origins in Japan, a country of aesthetic beauty with attention to the ancient ideals of transient and stark beauty (wabi), the beauty of natural patina and aging (sabi), and profound grace and subtlety (yūgen). Ellen Foster Sedgwick feels a resonance with these ideals and the Japanese view that they are an integral part of daily life which inspire her pottery.

On Tuesday, March 7, Ellen will reflect on how her knowledge of wood fired pottery in Japan as well as how her experience working with American wood firing potters has led her to use a treadle wheel and a wood fired kiln to make pots that are sturdy, useful, and add beauty to the everyday. She will also share her recent experience designing and building a 12-foot anagama kiln which fires for a week solely with wood reaching temperatures above 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Ellen is so grateful to be living her dream with her husband and three young children in Surry and is excited for all the learning that lies ahead.

This presentation is free of charge and can be attended in-person or virtually. Please register to attend virtually with the link below.


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