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Master Artist Workshop at PSAD Discover the Beauty of Soda and Salt Firing

The next Master Artist Workshop at Paducah School of Art and Design will be hot from beginning to end August 7-9.

Susan Beecher, a seasoned workshop presenter, specializes in wood fired forms and soda and salt techniques, and she will share her expertise with participants in a three-day workshop that allows them to discover the beauty of this unique art form.

On the first day, Beecher will discuss and demonstrate decorating and glazing for atmospheric firing, along with loading the kiln. Day two will include firing and additional demonstrations on throwing and altering pots. On day three, while the kiln is cooling, participants will finish the previous days work and then unload the kiln and discuss the work.

Students should bring ten pieces of bisqueware of different sizes from Cone 10 clay either dark or light clay is suitable. Pieces should include more vertical pieces and fewer horizontal pieces such as bowls and plates.

Beechers work has been featured in Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly, and the New York Times, among other publications. Her work has been widely exhibited at venues across the country, including Worcester Center for Craft, Yager Museum at Hartwick College, Seton Gallery at the University of New Haven, Baltimore Clayworks, and the New York State Museum in Albany.

The workshop will be held August 7-9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PSADs Madison Hall located at 919 Madison Street. The cost of the workshop is $87.50. A $25 charge will be added to cover supplies.

PSAD, a division of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, offers an Associate in Fine Arts degree, as well as studio art classes for students of all levels and disciplines. Classes are offered on WKCTCs campus, 409 Broadway in downtown Paducah and Madison Hall in Lowertown.

For more information and to register for the Master Artist Workshop program, visit or call Liz Dodd, PSAD division assistant, at (270) 408-4278.