A Workshop is set to Heat Things Up at The Morean Center for Clay in 2017

14 Jan 2017, Posted by Sarah Aldrich in Classes, Community, News, Press Releases


A Workshop is set to Heat Things Up at The Morean Center for Clay in 2017

St. Petersburg, Fla. – The annual Florida Heat Woodfire workshop is set for January 3-10, 2017. The workshop is currently sold out with 25 participants from across the country. It coincides with Out of the Ashes, a national juried exhibition by the Morean Center for Clay’s Matt Schiemann, which is currently on display until January 31, 2017.

Out of the Ashes features more than 60 pieces from about 20 different artists around the country. Artists included in the exhibit are John Balistreri, Chris Gustin, Matt Long and the Morean Center for Clay’s own Artist in Residence Seth Charles.

Woodfiring ceramics is unique in that the piece is fired in an anagama kiln allowing the ashes from the wood, which fuels the anagama, to interact with pieces during firing. The ashes settle on the ceramic pieces to create a unique, natural glaze.

The process of the workshop includes loading about 1,200 ceramic pieces into the anagama, which takes three days. Participants will crawl on their hands and knees to load the anagama from back to front in what can only be described as an extensive manual process as the anagama is 22 feet long, 5 feet wide and 5 feet high. The firing begins immediately after and continues for four or five days and is set to be unloaded on January 17, 2017.

Participants will be learning how to fire this unique kiln with the nation’s top wood fire artists John Balistreri, Chris Gustin and Matt Long, who are national artists also featured in Out of the Ashes. These artists will provide demonstrations and lectures to supplement the education portion of the workshop.

The Morean Center for Clay’s anagama kiln was built in 2002 under the tutelage of Don Reitz.

For more information on the Morean Center for Clay, please go to or call 727.821.7162 ext. 2310.


The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.

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