Intro to Pit Firing & Wheel Throwing Intensive

September 13 - September 15, 2024

Intro to Pit Firing & Wheel Throwing Intensive


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $540
Material Fee: $60

This workshop will provide hands-on experience into the world of alternative fired ceramics and wheel throwing, balancing the elemental allure of pit firing with a focus on craftsmanship using the potter’s wheel. The first day is a journey into the ancient technique of pit firing, where you will gain enough knowledge to achieve a firing in your own backyard. All aspects of pit firing will be covered, from preparing your clay pieces, to decorating with combustible materials, and constructing and firing the pit. The following two days dive deep into wheel throwing, covering a wide range of techniques that speak to efficiency and aesthetics in a craftsman’s studio practice. You will learn techniques to achieve thinner, taller, and wider forms. A focus will be on crafting lidded vessels, pouring vessels, and a number of ways to make comfortable handles. This intensive hands-on experience will force you to detach yourself from the object at hand and hone in on the skills and techniques by repetitive practice. Due to the nature of time available not saving any work thrown is encouraged and will help participants let go, however, greenware can be taken home if you wish. The workshop will strike a harmonious balance between ancient traditions and contemporary craftsmanship, offering a transformative and enriching experience for pottery enthusiasts of all levels. Please bring 1 to 4 bisque fired pieces upon your arrival (see materials list below for details)

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

Level: 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



Carson Culp

As a dedicated potter for the past decade, Carson’s journey has been shaped by hands-on experience gained through numerous jobs and apprenticeships, including an enriching stint at the prestigious Leach Pottery. His passion lies in the preservation of  handmade qualities that define his work, a commitment forged through a love for the process of turning clay into ceramic. Exploring diverse cultures and their techniques working with clay during Carson’s travels have been a constant source of inspiration, deeply influencing his approach. His artistic expression is intricately tied to patterns, color, texture, and material, which reflects a profound love shown in his decorating, glazing, and firing processes. Working with clay is more than a vocation for him; it’s a soul-nurturing journey that has, in many ways, saved his life. Having participated in multiple residencies worldwide, Carson is now transitioning into a new phase of his career as a craftsman, driven by the desire to give back and share the wealth of knowledge accumulated over the years. His vision for the future includes the establishment of a production pottery studio, where he aims to mentor and train the next generation of studio potters through a comprehensive apprenticeship program. Focused on crafting standard ware and decorative statement pieces for everyday use, this endeavor represents Carson’s commitment to the timeless art of pottery and gives back to the future of young potters.

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