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 Firing + Exhibition + Virtual Panel Discussions

Coordinated by Wood Fire Resident Ben Blackwood

Artist in Residence, Ben Blackwood, has invited a variety of established and emerging talent in the ceramics field to take part in our final Spring Anagama Wood Firing. These visiting artists will load and fire the kiln alongside local participants staring May 30.

Invitational Firing Participants:

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

Interested in firing with Invitational Artists? Register Now for The Invitational Firing

$115 for members / $125 for non-members

Fee does not include open studio access. Includes access to glazes and bisque 

Space is limited: click here to visit our Adult Class Page to register

 

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

Virtual Panel Discussions will take place later in June

details forthcoming