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This workshop is special, a chance to truly immerse yourself in an anagama firing and come away richer for the experience.
Led by the experienced wood firer, Elena Renker, the course will cover how to load the kiln, including tumble stacking, the firing, lasting 4 days and understanding your results after unloading. Your pots can be raw, although we recommend bisque as it is safer travelling. There will be some glazes and slips for you to try out. The kiln is firing to about cone 10, or hotter, so use only stoneware clays or porcelains. Once your booking is confirmed then Janet will be in touch with more details.


We have had a lot of swift responses to our workshop, which is now full.

The Details



Packing of the kiln over 4 days: 28 September to 1 October
UKU opening in Hastings – Hawkes Bay (optional): 2 October
Firing of the kiln over 4 days and nights: 3 October to 6 October
Unloading the kiln: 11 October



Loading will be led by a small team so all potters will be able to participate in the process – asking questions and having a go at setting a tumble stack.
Each team will have a firing master and run the kiln for 6 hour shifts. There are 3 teams so that shifts will rotate through the firing and you’ll have lots of opportunity to understand the different phases of firing.



Camping is available with shower and toilets – also a community kitchen with fridge available in the Woolshed.
Bed and Breakfast houses are also available very close to the kiln site



$200 includes: some glazes and slips
Limit of 12 participants

The kiln will be unpacked before the Woodstoke gathering and pots from the kiln will be exhibited in the Woolshed as a Woodfiring exhibition opening on the 23 October, Labour weekend 

Location : 37 Kairangi Road, Rotoorangi. Cambridge 3495

Phone Janet Smith on: 0272519043


37 Kairangi Road, Roto-O-Rangi


Phone: 021 02388967
Phone: 027 251 9043‬