What an incredible weekend of creativity and learning! I decided to attend a soda firing workshop with a gentle & kind...not to mention talented potter named Dan Hill. He and his artistic partner - Joyce Bulkholder live in Wilno where they work and display their pieces at Hillside Paintings and Pottery. Driving through Algonquin Park with two friends to get there was a great start to the inspiration. I enjoyed hearing about Dans experiences firing propane kilns as well as eyeing his studio set up. I especially enjoyed the view from his potters wheel looking out into a valley of wetlands with a huge boulder sitting in the middle. Off to one side is their vegetable patch which left me dreaming of summers ahead where more veggie/herb gardens will grow on Chetolah Pottery Studio's property. We were told to bring 12 pots bisque fired to glaze with Dan's glazes and fire them in a large propane downdraft kiln as well as a small converted electric to propane soda updraft kiln. I got the pots back after their firings and am thrilled with their results even though I haven't managed to document them and add their images here. To be coming soon are the final products but check out this whole set up as this was nothing short of an inspirational weekend.
Tara is a Dorset, Ontario-based artist. She creates both functional and decorative stoneware pieces out of Chetolah Pottery Studio, which she opened in 2007.