Anagama 2021: The Firing

August 10 - August 17, 2021

Anagama 2021: The Firing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $885
Material Fee: $135

This year’s firing our historic kiln is guaranteed to be special. Because of the pandemic we weren’t able to fire in 2020 and we missed it terribly. This year will mark the instructor’s 20th year of organizing the firing. Participants will learn about pre-fire preparations, complex loading techniques, and innumerable stoking methods to develop rich and ultra-natural surface effects. There’s much to learn about teamwork during this dynamic workshop in addition to gathering into your “toolbelt” a myriad of pyroplastic principles!

The unloading of the kiln will take place on Sunday, August 22nd. 

Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


Registration for this workshop has been closed.


Bruce Dehnert

Bruce Dehnert is an artist, kiln builder, and writer. He received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, and MFA from Alfred University. His work is in collections including The Dowse Museum [New Zealand], the Yixing and Liling Museums [China], Alex’s Bar and The Glory Hole [Alfred], and the White House in Washington, DC. Dehnert has written for numerous publications including Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Studio Potter, and Metalsmith. His book, Simon Leach: A Pottery Handbook was a best seller, and he is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics [UNESCO]. He is currently Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School of Craft.

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