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Sat, Apr 20


Oregon Convention Center and East Creek

Beginning Wood Firing: Spring 2024

Meet at OPA Showcase in April to look at contemporary wood fired pottery as a group and receive instruction, then fire your own pieces in June

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Beginning Wood Firing: Spring 2024
Beginning Wood Firing: Spring 2024

Time & Location

Apr 20, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center and East Creek, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232, USA


About the event

Instruction day at OPA Showcase: Saturday, April 20, 2024 10a-4p

(Takes place at Oregon Convention Center in Portland)


Loading/Firing: June 14-16, 2024 (Fri-Sun), 

Unloading: Saturday, June 22 at 11:00a.

Join Joe Robinson for beginning wood firing! This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of wood firing and how to achieve desired effects. The workshop will start with an instruction day in Portland, followed up by a firing in June.

We'll start by meeting for a full day in April, at the Oregon Potters Association Showcase at the Oregon Convention Center. Showcase is the permier annual gathering/show/sale of potters in Oregon and arguable the entire West. There, we'll look at works by dozens of professional artists, and meet directly with East Creek artists who will speak to their work in person.  We'll look at these various works in person to see what's possible in the morning. Then, we'll have lunch together before an afternooon instructional session in which we will talk logistics, materials, and you'll receive a written instruction packet to take home. 

Finally, we'll reconvene at East Creek in June for a firing of our catenary wood-soda kiln. 


-April Instruction Day at Oregon Convention Center

-June firing with 2 cubiuc feet of space

-All firing materials and glaze

Answer Questions Including: 

-How does the chemistry of wood firing work?

-What clay/firing technique aesthetics are available to me?

-What forms work best in a wood kiln and why?

-How do I clean up my wood fired pieces for display?


  • Registration: Beg. Wood Firing

    Registration includes instruction day in Portland, firing, and all required firing materials and gear.

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