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Sat, Oct 05


East Creek Art

Downfired Wood-Soda With Making October 2024

In this two part intermediate workshop, learn the basics and driving forces behind reduction cooled wood soda firing in our newly constructed small catenary arch kiln, the FishCat.

Downfired Wood-Soda With Making October 2024
Downfired Wood-Soda With Making October 2024

Time & Location

Oct 05, 2024, 10:00 AM – Oct 06, 2024, 5:00 PM

East Creek Art, 12251 SW East Creek Rd, Willamina, OR 97396, USA


About the event

Wood Soda Downfiring with Joe Robinson

10 people max. Indoor/Outdoor. Beginner friendly.

2 days making plus 3 days firing plus 1 day unloading.

Making and instruction: October 5-6, 2024 

Load/fire: November 1-3, 2024 (starts at 12:00 noon on Nov. 1)

Unloading: Saturday November 9 at noon


-2 days of making in the East Creek Studio

-25 lbs clay

-Bisque Firing for work made during studio weekend

-2 cubic feet in the FishCat Catenary Arch kiln

-Copy of the East Creek Handbook incl. written materials recommendations

-Camping (tent or car) for making workshop, firing, and unloading

Local accommodations are available for a reasonable rate at the Wildwood Hotel in Willamina.

Join Joe Robinson for two days of making at the East Creek studio in October, followed by a community firing of our new "FishCat" catenary arch wood soda kiln in November. Soda downfiring produces reduction cooled effects which we've long been exploring using our anagama and catenary arch kilns at East Creek. Now, we've learned enough to pass that knowledge on in our first ever reduction cooling focuesed instructional workshop. 

During the making time, you'll get material instruction and have the opportunity to select and use recommended materials at the East Creek studio. We'll also look at a number of recuction cooled pots and clay bodies so that you can decide what materials are best for your work. Then, use what you've learned to do your homework and make pieces for the November firing. Everything you need for wood firing beyond your bisque is provided, including wadding, glaze, and kiln sundries.

On Friday November 1 at noon we will share in the loading of the kiln and light with a small gas burner on Friday night. Time to glaze and prep your work is built in to the loading time. 

Early Saturday morning 10/26 we will begin stoking wood and continue through shut down sometime on Sunday afternoon/evening, including the introduction of soda mixture sometime on Sunday.

On Saturday November 2 at 12:00 noon, we’ll unload the kiln and work together to clean up and grind shelves.


-Tiny Cabin stay October 5-6

-bunkhouse bed Octover 5-6


  • Workshop Registration

    Includes clay, bisque firing, wood firing, and camping.

  • A-Frame Cabin Booking

    Making Weekend Private booking of the East Creek A-Frame cabin with 1 queen and pull out couch Shared toilet.

  • Tiny Cabin Booking

    Making Weekend Private booking of 8x12' tiny cabin with full bed. Shared toilet.

  • Bunkhouse bed booking

    Making Weekend, Twin bed in shared bunkhouse.




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