Class Image Beginning and Intermediate Handbuilding + Wood Firing

Beginning and Intermediate Handbuilding + Wood Firing

This class is available only to students who have taken at least 1 clay class at Sawtooth.

Explore the creative possibilities of clay without using a potter's wheel. Beginners will learn pinch, slab, and coil techniques to create various projects. Students with experience can refine their skills while exploring new forms and design options. Decorating and glazing techniques for atmospheric firing will also be explored.


Explore form, function, textures, tactile qualities, and surface development of wheel throwing and atmospheric firing. During the firings, the draft created by the chimney pulls wood ash and alkaline vapors released by the heat of the fire through the kiln. The ash is deposited on the pottery in the path of the flame and creates a varied palette of colors and textures not achievable in any other way. Ages: 18 - Adult