Another Degree Hotter….

11 Feb 2017, Posted by Sarah Aldrich in Classes, Community, Press Releases



February 8, 2017

CONTACT: Ciara Sibbick
727.822.7872 x2210

Another Degree Hotter….

The Morean Center for Clay begins the next round of the Florida Heat Series

St. Petersburg, Fla. — The Morean Center for Clay’s Florida Heat: Surface Design 2017 kicks off Wednesday, February 8, following the recently concluded annual Florida Heat Woodfire Workshop where more than 1200 ceramic pieces were loaded and fired in the Center for Clay’s 500 cubic foot wood kiln.

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 workshop was attended by more than 25 participants taking pointers from the nation’s top wood fire artists John Balistreri, Chris Gustin, and Matt Long. All participants load the kiln piece by piece, similar to a real life Tetris game, until the kiln is completely full.

Once the kiln is cooled, a line is formed and the kiln is unloaded piece by piece to be admired by all participants.

Moving straight from the Florida Heat Woodfire Workshop, the Morean Center for Clay is currently preparing for its annual Florida Heat: Surface Design 2017 beginning February 8 and running through February 11. Nationally recognized artists Matthew Metz, Lina Christianson, Sam Chug, Carole Epp, Meredith Host, Thaddeus Erdahl, Adam Fields and Ben Carter will be in attendance to demonstrate their approaches to designing a well thought out pottery surface.

Florida Heat: Surface Design 2017 coincides with the Florida Heat Surface Gallery Show on display at the Morean Center for Clay from February 10 – March 25 with an opening reception on Saturday, February 11, from 5pm-9pm.

For the Florida Heat: Surface Design 2017 full schedule, please go to or call 727.821.7162 ext. 2310.

NOTE: Additional high resolution images are available. Interviews with attending artists in Florida Heat: Surface Design 2017 also available upon request. Please contact Ciara Sibbick at or call 727.822.7872 ext. 2210.


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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