Anagama Kiln Firing Workshop at The Hambidge Center

May 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hambidge Center
105 Hambidge Court Rabun Gap
GA 30568 United States
Teka Earnhardt
Anagama Kiln Firing at The Hambidge Center

Anagama Kiln Firing Workshop at The Hambidge Center


The Hambidge Center is once again firing its Anagama kiln this May. All potters are invited to participate in this 3-day event. Led by Vernon Smith, we will start glazing and loading on Friday, May 31st at 9:00 a.m.  Anagama Kiln Firing will begin that evening and continue through Sunday afternoon.

All participants are expected to measure, glaze and wad their own pieces as well as help with the loading.  Participants are also required to take at least one shift stoking wood and to help move and stack firewood. The day of the pickup, everyone is expected to help unload the kiln, scrape kiln shelves, put away tools and glazes as well as stack firewood for the next firing. When there are many hands, it is not too much work for anyone.

As a general guide, participants should bring at least 2000 cubic inches of work to fire (HxWxD). Platters and large bowls are discouraged, however, there’s usually plenty of room for cylindrical shapes under 9”.   All of your work may not get in, but every effort is made to be fair with the available space. There will be glazes available (celadon, tenmoku and shinos), as well as some flashing slips to glaze your pieces before loading. Please feel free to bring some of your own Cone 10 glazes to experiment with. Needless to say, your pieces must be made with Cone 10 clay and bisque fired.

Learn more about the Anagama process and our kiln at


Cost: There is a $100 participation fee for the Anagama Firing, which includes up to 2000 cubic inches of space in the kiln. There is a 1¢ per cubic inch fee for extra pieces if we can fit them in.

How to Register:
Sign up on the online form by 12 pm, Friday, February 15, letting us know you would like to participate. Signing up does NOT guarantee you a place in the firing. You are just putting your name in the hat.

There are 15 available spaces for the firing, of 25 total participants (10 are invited seasoned wood firers – experienced people who have been chosen to help each shift go smoothly so that everyone will have a fun and safe firing with beautiful pieces to take home). If there are more than 15 people that sign up, a lottery type drawing system will be used to determine the participants. You will be notified about whether or not you have a place in the firing no later than February 22. If you do get a spot, you will register and pay the workshop fee at this time.

There is space on the lawn for free camping and plenty of hotels nearby in Dillard and Clayton. Click here for a list of nearby accommodations. The Hambidge Center also offers beds at its Walnut Hill Studio for $40/night. These are shared bedrooms (two twin-sized beds in each room), shared bathroom and kitchen, but it’s always a lot of fun. Contact Christine at

NOTE: This event is open to the public. If you simply want to attend in order to watch and learn, you may do so for free, and no registration is required. Stop by the Weave Shed Gallery to get directions for walking up to the kiln.

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