Instructor: Chris Watt & Craig McNeal, with special guest Brian Taylor!
October 7-9 & 12
Starts Sunday at 9am
Unload Friday at 9am
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Come experience the excitement, camaraderie and beautiful results of wood firing in Castle Hill’s wood kiln! You’ll help stoke the kiln all the way to 2300 degrees using only wood as a fuel source all the while creating colorful flashing and ash deposits on your pieces. Students will participate in all aspects of the firing. On the first day we will meet at the kiln site, glaze our work and load the kiln. Beginning early the following morning we will continue to stoke the kiln for the next 36-40 hours and the exciting unload happens a few days later after the kiln is allowed to slowly cool. Contact Brian if you have any questions about suitable clay bodies, slips and glazes that will take full advantage of the results possible with the wood firing process. Bring your bisque pieces of various sizes (4 cubic feet or about 30 pots) to glaze and fire. All bisque-ware must be ^10 clay.

Christopher Watt recently completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Prior to his graduate degree, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Canada and a three-year diploma in Art, Craft and Design from Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.Structured within a practice-based discipline, Christopher’s work involves the procedures of wheel-thrown ceramics, atmospheric-firing conditions and locally sourced glazes. Selected accolades include the 2018 Graduate Student Instructor of the Year Award from the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. Artist residencies at the Centre for Ceramics Berlin (Germany) and the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada). 

Craig McNeil, a recent graduate from MassArt in Boston, has been building wood kilns and wood-firing for 18 years across the US and in Germany. Craig has fired the wood kiln here at Castle Hill for the past 5 years and is excited to be with us in a new role.