Woodfire

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.

WOODFIRE CLASSES & EVENTS

Wood Fire Invitational Virtual Panel Discussions

Coordinated by Wood Fire Resident Ben Blackwood

Free online panel discussions in conjunction with our month of Wood Fire Invitational activities!

Please pre-register to attend- space is limited to 100 participants per panel

 

Mentorship in the Arts Panel

Join moderator Ben Blackwood in discussion with three of his past mentors: Dean Adams, Josh DeWeese, and Pat Hoffman who will all speak to their experience in mentoring students and the valued relationships and connections that have developed through the process.

 

Join us Monday, June 28 at 4pm for this FREE panel discussion

 

Register in advance for this discussion

Click this link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkcu2vqz0jH9X-5nSffAXh0SKtkUx6jgl1

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 

Firing the Clay Studio Anagama Kiln: A Resident’s Perspective Panel

Join moderator Ben Blackwood in discussion with three former residents at The Clay Studio of Missoula: Perry HaasLarry Phan and Casey Zablocki. These former resident artists have participated in a number of firings in the anagama since completing their residencies, and they will discuss their experience with the evolution of the kiln in the years that have passed, the regional wood fire community, and their growth as practicing artists in Montana.

 

Join us Tuesday, June 29 at 4pm for this FREE panel discussion

 

Register in advance for this discussion

Click this link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsduuurT8oHtNhoencDdvUEjVw4W_4pcsJ

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 

Can't make it? We plan to record these sessions!

 

Wood Fire Invitational 2021 Exhibition: Montana Edition

Opening reception Friday, June 4, 5-8pm

Exhibition runs June 4-26, 2021

 

Featuring works by a variety of established and emerging talent in the ceramics field:

 

Dean Adams, Myung Ahn, Ian Baldwin, Jon Bashioum, Matt Biasotti, Ben Blackwood, Josh DeWeese, Dante Gambardella, Joe Godfrey, Perry Haas, Jenna Hawthorne, Patrick Hoban, Pat Hoffman, Bruce Kitts, Samantha Momeyer, Danielle O’Malley, Carlos Palmer, Carter Pasma, Larry Phan, Kelsie Rudolph,Jack Shwarze, Robyn Till, Dominick Vanderlip, Rio Weber, Casey Zablocki

Fall Wood Fire Class

registration and information will be available in August!