Facilities & Opportunities at The Clay Studio of Missoula

About Our Woodfire Program & Facilities 

The Clay Studio of Missoula has access to wood kilns just outside of Missoula, about a 15-minute drive away from the Clay Studio. Our Anagama kiln was built in 2007 is approximately 720 cubic feet, and usually fires for 4-5 days. There is also a smaller cross-draft kiln at the site that was built in 2016 that can take up to 2 days to fire. Wood firings are not scheduled during periods of fire danger (approximately late May through mid-October) and/or stage 3 air quality alerts.

In order to fire in our kilns, you must be a member, student enrolled in a Woodfire Class, or guest at a special event. Anagama classes are held in the Fall (firing in November) and Winter (firing in March). We occasionally offer Spring session classes for firing the cross draft kiln. Please visit our Woodfire Class and Event Information below for upcoming firing opportunities. 

The Clay Studio of Missoula maintains one residency opportunity dedicated to a year-long wood fire residency. This opportunity may also be extended into a second year upon approval. Interested applicants should have a strong, developed body of work; have previous experience firing wood kilns; feel comfortable directing firings; possess a strong work ethic, and have a desire to work within a community setting. To learn more about our residency program and how to apply, please visit our Residency Information Page.


Fall Wood Fire

Tuesday nights: Sept 17-Nov 19, 6-9pm

Instructor: Ben Blackwood, Wood Fire Artist in Residence

$300 members/$315 non-members

(tuition: $220 for members/ $235 for non-members

PLUS $80 firing/fuel fee for Anagama firing)


Students will explore new ideas and possibilities for wheel thrown forms and sculptures that will be fired in the anagama kiln. In addition, students may have the opportunity to fire the new wood soda kiln, depending on time and interest. Demonstrations and lectures on wood firing techniques will be given each class, allowing students plenty of time to concentrate on their own ideas. Students will be expected to spend some weekend time at the wood kiln helping to prepare for firings by splitting and stacking wood and assisting with overall kiln maintenance. Our Fall kiln loading will take place during mid – November, and the schedule will be discussed and determined in class.


Visit our Adult Class Page for online enrollment

Also accepting registrations in person or by phone M-F 10am-5pm


1106 Hawthorne St.

Missoula, MT 59802



Public Hours: M-F 12-5pm
Sat 12-2pm (6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/25) 

By appointment M-F 10am-12pm (must schedule at least 24 hr in advance)

Closed July 3-4 for Independence Day

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