Firing the Peters Valley Anagama

August 17 - August 23, 2023

Firing the Peters Valley Anagama


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $870
Material Fee: $175

Firing August 17-23, with kiln unloading August 27th

This intensive workshop will focus on the ideas, techniques, and teamwork necessary to have a successful firing of the historic Peters Valley anagama. The risks and effort inherent in anagama firing has the potential of achieving rich surfaces unique to the kiln and can lead to interesting results merging human intention with the natural world. Participants will bring bisque-fired HIGH temperature stoneware or porcelain works to be included in the kiln. Some slips and glazes will be available for participants to use before the loading. 

Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Intermediate
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



David Stuempfle

David has worked and exhibited across US, Europe and Asia. He has been a US/Japan Creative Artists Fellowship recipient, and an NEA/Central and Eastern Europe Visual Arts Fellowship recipient. He has taught at Penland School of Crafts, the Bascom Center for Visual Arts and numerous universities and colleges. His work is included in the collections of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park Museum (Japan), the NC Museum of History, the Asheville Museum of Art, and the Museum of International Folk Art, among others.

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