Firing the Noborigama

June 23 - June 27, 2023

Firing the Noborigama


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $100

Come and learn all about the dragon that is the Peters’ Valley Noborigama. This will be a hands on firing workshop where you will participate in all aspects of the wood firing process. Bring your own bisque fired stoneware or porcelain works and learn how to glaze, decorate and wad pieces in order to maximize the beauty of atmospheric firing. Everyone will participate in the loading and firing of the two chambered Noborigama kiln which offers both a wood and salt chamber. While the kiln is firing you will learn about firing theory and variables that affect surface development until it reaches desired conditions. 

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants


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



Nick Schwartz

Nick Schwartz was born in Manhattan, N.Y. in 1975. He grew up in a family embedded in the music industry and was surrounded by artists for much of his childhood. After discovering clay in high school, he went on to study at a small liberal arts school in Florida, where he was encouraged to travel abroad and set up independent studies in ancient cultures and their ceramic works. After graduating from university, he traveled to Japan for an apprenticeship. After a fortuitous turn of events, he found himself working with an avant-garde artist who had shared a studio with John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg. Upon returning to the United States, Nick moved to Northern California and received a grant to build a community wood kiln. He founded a circus, made ceramics, baked bread in a clandestine bakery and then founded Flynn Creek Pottery, and now Cider Creek Collective. Nick has been a volunteer firefighter for the last 15 years and enjoys long walks on the rugged beaches of northern California and reflective time amidst the old growth forests around his home. where he currently lives and works with his wife Jessica Rae Thompson.

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