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Enjoy a pottery workshop with Edge Barnes on Feb. 8 at SCC

By Wendy Byerly Wood

January 24, 2014

DOBSON — The Corporate & Continuing Education Division of Surry Community College is sponsoring a pottery workshop with Edge Barnes Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in E162 Ceramics Lab on the SCC campus in Dobson.


Barnes will demonstrate his technique of combining throwing, burnishing and waxing, along with a hands-on foil saggar firing. Saggars are fireproof boxes. Barnes will lead the loading and firing of the kiln and demonstrate the application of horsehair for decorative purpose. The kiln will be loaded at the beginning of the workshop and followed by demonstrations, discussions and a slideshow presentation by the featured artist. The firing process takes two hours. Participants are asked to bring one or two small (under 5”) bisque pots to wrap and fire in the raku kiln. The workshop fee is $59 per person.


Barnes’ clay experience began informally more than 30 years ago with a pottery class at the Virginia Museum of Art. His training has continued to be informal and largely self-taught through reading, experimentation, interaction with other potters, workshops, and from teaching others in the way of clay. His work encompasses many extremes including those of surface texture, firing temperature, firing method and decorating technique.


“Within reason, clay allows extremes, and its nature allows it to be manipulated, formed and surfaced in a multitude of ways. It often responds with surprising results to the variables and nuances of the fire and sends me in pursuit of new colors and effects,” Edge said on his website, www.edgebarnes.net. “Every firing is an adventure leading to new designs and techniques. I appreciate that clay only hints at what may be, leaving it to me, the potter, to discover the keys that will unlock the secrets that it holds. It is this process of observation, experimentation and discovery that makes working in this medium so exciting.”


As a resident of Raleigh, Barnes has taught at the Sertoma Art Center, the Durham City Arts Program and the Crafts Center at N.C. State. His work his been displayed at The Nature Art Gallery in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.


Advance registration is required for the workshop. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Terri Cockerham at 386-3244 or cockerhamt@surry.edu or Sonnie Hardy at 386-3229 or hardysc@surry.edu.