The act of wood firing is the oldest method of firing clay. Wood, when burned, creates ash which floats through the atmosphere of the kiln and falls on the surface of the pots. At high temperatures, the ash melts creating an ash glaze and surface decorations. There is an exquisite beauty to wood fired pieces as the flame and atmosphere create visual depth and subtle variations. Depending on the work, type of kiln and firing style, you can get a myriad of results that tell the history of each piece in relation to the flame and atmosphere.
Work will be fired in a Noborigama and a Climbing Train Kiln at Canton Clay Works in Canton, Connecticut. All clay and glazes must be for cone 10 and above. The Ceramics Program's studio clays and glazes will work very well.
There is an additional charge of $0.08 per cubic inch for the work fired at the Canton kilns. Students will reserve cubic inches in advance to guarantee our combined workshop space. Cubic inches may be shared and traded within the workshop reserved space. Firing fee for wood kiln is separate from workshop fee and will be paid directly to Canton Clay Works. Payment to Canton Clay Works will be coordinated by your instructor.
- Introduction to wood firing, its history, traditional and contemporary work, types of kilns, and firing techniques.
- The effect of form, slips, glazes, wadding, and placement in the kiln as it may produce different results in design, texture and surface.
- A workshop session in the glaze room using slips, glazes, and planning for the wadding.
- Students may fire work in two kilns, space must be reserved at $0.08 per cubic inch.
- Work will be transported from our studio to and from the kilns, students do not have to be present at the firing.
- Students may visit the kiln firing in Canton, CT and participate in firing as space allows.
- Unloading will be live-streamed on the Internet, and you may also attend in person.
Class Sessions at the Ceramics Program in Allston, Massachusetts:
Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 2pm-4pm
Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 2pm-4pm
Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 2pm-4pm
Firing in Canton, Connecticut – attendance optional:
Students may fire work in two kilns.
March 22-27, 2022, Train Kiln
April 26-May 1, 2022, Noborigama Kiln
Unloading – attendance optional: The unloading will be live-streamed.
April 3, 2022, 12 noon - 2pm, Train Kiln
May 7, 2022, 10am - noon, Noborigama Kiln
Registration for this workshop is limited to those who are registered for a Spring 2022 course at the Ceramics Program, Office to the Arts at Harvard. Cost: $150; Free for Harvard College Undergrads.
Note: Firing fee for wood kiln is separate from workshop fee and will be paid directly to Canton Clay Works. Payment to Canton Clay Works will be coordinated by your instructor.
Check back for registration link (1/12/22)