The Big Burn

June 4 - June 8, 2021

The Big Burn


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $110

This exciting workshop offers artists the opportunity to participate in different types of firings, achieving many results in a short time. You will learn how to prepare and fire your works in a variety of kilns and atmospheres, from soda to wood, gas reduction, raku and pit firing. A broad range of firing temperatures will be explored. This popular workshop focuses on fired results and never disappoints. Emphasis is placed on preparation and firing techniques through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on participation. You bring the bisqueware and we’ll provide the heat!

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


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Bruce Dehnert

Bruce Dehnert received his MFA from Alfred University. He has taught at universities in the United States, New Zealand, and Malaysia. His work can be found in numerous national and international collections. Dehnert has written many articles and co-authored the book, Simon Leach: A Pottery Handbook. Dehnert has recently led wood-firing workshops in Japan, India, and the USA. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and is currently Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School of Craft.

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Steve Cook

Steve Cook has worked with ceramics, bronze, site installation and film. He earned his BA in Sculpture from Penn State and studied at Fu Ren University and National Taiwan University. For years he lived in Asia, hosted a radio language program, edited academic papers, worked as a stuntman, a shuttle-boat operator, and adventure tour operator. Work in the Philippine film industry led him back to the USA, and California Institute of the Arts for an MFA in Film and Video with emphasis on experimental documentary installation. Steve’s work has won awards at film festivals and was screened in the United States, Canada, Germany and Italy. Since 1999, he’s been devoted primarily to clay, teaching, and aesthetics.