The Wood Fire Resident works directly with the Director of Ceramics to maintain and expand the wood-fired program at Sawtooth. Expected tasks include teaching classes on wood firing, serving as the contact to our wood suppliers, processing firewood, kiln maintenance, implementing safety policies, and supervising class and community firings. 

For more information on our Wood Fire Residency program– contact Po Wen Liu, Director of Ceramics at ceramics@sawtooth.org.


2022 – 2023 Residents


Sam McCall is a potter and ceramicist from St. George, Utah. He attended Dixie State University where he studied under Shane Christensen and received his Associates Degree. He then attended Utah State University and studied under John Neely and Dan Murphy, finishing his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics in the spring of 2021.


Carey Nathanson is a ceramicist from Wilmington, North Carolina. The bulk of his education in ceramics came in 2018 – 2019, studying wood firing as a studio assistant under John Dix in Kobe, Japan and Nick Schwartz in Comptche, California. Since his time as an assistant, he’s completed residencies at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, the Mendocino Art Center, STARworks, and Red Lodge Clay Center.


Max Saunders is a ceramic artist and educator with over 15 years of experience in ceramics. He received his MFA from Utah State University and a BFA in ceramics from UNC-Asheville. He has worked with a variety of potters in the North Carolina Appalachian region and has experience in kiln building, firing, welding, and carpentry.