Form & Fire: Firing the Anagama

August 9 - August 16, 2022

Form & Fire: Firing the Anagama


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $940
Material Fee: $140

The annual firing of our anagama, “Emily,” has been an important feature of our program for over four decades. For the past 20 years, noted artists from around the world have led the firing, and this year we are honored to offer the opportunity to fire with Ben Owens, from Seagrove, North Carolina. This firing promises to be a fascinating and special experience. 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. Techniques for loading the kiln will be covered, including the use of wadding, tumble-stacking, and positioning of the wares in order to promote the most dynamic flame marks. The firing requires at least five days and nights with emphasis placed on cooperation, collaboration. and working together to achieve a beautiful and successful result.

* The unloading of the kiln will take place on Sunday, August 21st.

*If you have any questions about clay bodies, glazes, or work for inclusion in the firing, please email them to


Level: Beginner and Beyond
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Ages: Adult


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Ben Owen III

Ben Owen III is an American potter born and raised in Seagrove, NC who uses wood firing and other techniques for making functional and decorative pottery. A sixth generation potter learning from his family, he received his BFA in Ceramics at East Carolina University, a Fellowship in Japan, and was a visiting artist in Jingdezhen, China. Ben’s recent passions have included glaze creation and experimentation for wood firing. “For some pots, I use a four-chambered wood kiln with a firing process of up to four days. The prolonged exposure to ash and heat develops a wide range of color and texture on the clay.” Over the past two decades, Ben has addressed the needs of designers and collectors to create custom works to be installed in a series of premier hotels and public spaces including the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tokyo, Japan; Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC; the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston, MA; and Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT. Many of these vessels are much larger in scale and carefully designed to enhance the hotels’ stunning interiors. Mr. Owen has received many awards and honors, including North Carolina Living Treasure, 2004; and induction into the North Caroliniana Society.

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