Florida Heat Woodfire Workshop Returns to The Morean Center for Clay in 2018

18 Dec 2017, Posted by Sarah Aldrich in Community, News, Press Releases

December 18, 2017

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Florida Heat Woodfire Workshop Returns to The Morean Center for Clay in 2018

St. Petersburg, Fla. – The annual Florida Heat Woodfire workshop is set for January 3-10, 2018. The workshop is currently sold out with more than 30 participants from across the country. It coincides with Spectra: A Survey of American Contemporary Wood Fired Ceramics exhibition, an international juried exhibition featuring wood fired works on display through January 31, 2018.

Spectra: A Survey of American Contemporary Wood Fired Ceramics featured artists include Akira Satake, Dan Murphy, George McCauley, Heidi Kreitchet, Lucien Koonce, Matt Schiemann, Perry Haas, Peter Callas, Stephen Heywood, Stephen Robinson, Tara Wilson, Ted Neal, Tim Rowan, Trevor Dunn.

Wood firing 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, 2018.

Matt Schiemann, Clay Studio Artist Program Manager at the Morean Center for Clay, said, “Firing the Morean Center for Clay’s wood fired anagama kiln is a really great experience. In order to have a successful firing, the group of 30 people need to work together as team. This requires a lot of organization, communication and equal amounts of effort from all the artists as this kiln will need to be stoked with wood every 10 minutes for about five days straight. It is a lot of work, but the payout is having work that is incredibly unique with beautiful surfaces that can only be achieved through the combinations of ash, heat and time. We hope the community will be able to join us on January 17th when we unload this kiln.”

Participants will be learning how to fire this unique kiln with the nation’s top wood fire artists John Balistreri, Chris Gustin, Nancy Train Smith and Matt Long. 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.

Can’t make the Florida Heat WoodFire Workshop this year? Florida Heat Surface, the Morean Center for Clay’s next workshop in the Florida Heat series, is February 7-10 and features leading ceramicist artists Linda Sikora, Mike Helke, Michael Hunt, Naomi Dalglish, Peter and Lori Pincus, Shoko Teruyama, Ben Carter and Adam Field. This workshop will cover all firing ranges and surface approaches, including but not limited to: glazing, slips, underglaze, decals, scraffito, mishima, and much more.

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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