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From Beginning to End: Cone 2 Soda Firing


Join Tom Jaszczak in exploring numerous making techniques working with the potter’s wheel with additional emphasis on altering, bisque molds, drape molds, handles, spouts, and trimming on and off the wheel. 

Course Description

We will use red earthenware clay to develop several functional forms and talk about surface solutions using tape, wax, slips, and underglazes to create a layered surface and explore color.  Lastly, we will take some of the work made in class and fire a cone 2 soda firing together. This will be a whirlwind of information to take home and use in your own studio practice for long after this week of fun.

This class will be appropriate for all skill levels.





Artist Biography

Originally from Minnesota, Tom received a BA in Visual Art and a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Bemidji State University.  He was a summer resident and a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation.  In the fall of 2015 Tom began a 3-year residency with his wife Maggie Jaszczak at the Penland School of Craft.  In 2018 Tom and Maggie put down permanent roots in Shafer, MN where they live in a farmhouse and work in a barn style studio. 
Tom has received several awards and honors, including a Jerome Projects Grant, ECRAC Essential Artist Award, and Emerging Artist Award through NCECA as well as Ceramics Monthly.  In  the summer of 2014, Tom was an Honored Maker at the Maker’s Faire at the White House in Washington D.C under the Obama presidency. Tom’s current body of work is a range of pots made of red earthenware that explore minimalism and are finished with an experimental surface solution firing to cone 2 in a soda fired atmosphere.  



Learn more about Tom Jaszczak and his work by visiting his website, and checking out his instagram @jaszczakpottery.


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