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Pit Fire Workshop

Out of ashes, beauty is uncovered!

Pit firing is a 30,000 year-old process that is done simply by placing pots in the ground and firing them by burning a variety of combustibles. The flames and vapors from this atmospheric firing create unique colors and patterns on the resulting pieces.

This special workshop will include hands-on studio days and the final pit firing. Participants will learn about clay options, burnishing techniques, and the firing process. Students may do wheel work and hand-building projects.

Workshop Dates:
In the Palo Alto Art Center Ceramics Studio: Fridays, October 20, 27 and November 3, 4-7 p.m.
Pit Fire at Spring Valley Anagama: Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26, 9 a.m. -2 p.m.

PAACF members: $25
Non-members: $75 (includes membership to the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation)


Fee includes three days in the studio to make work for the pit fire, cone 012 bisque firing, and the pit firing, including combustibles. Each student will have one cubic foot in the pit fire (additional space available for purchase). Clay will be available for purchase at the Palo Alto Art Center for $21 per 25 pound bag.

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To register for any of the workshops listed on this page, click the "Register here" button above, then select your workshop by clicking the box to its left .

For questions contact Fanny Retsek 

650.617.3525

fanny.retsek@cityofpaloalto.org