the ceramic studio
At the core of SAW’s ceramics program is the communal exploration of the wood-fired surface. The wood-fired surface requires a crew of artists to labor with a kiln and to explore as a team. It is as much about the experience as the ceramics that are being fired. Knowledge and experience is shared by each firer, adding to the collected energy and inspiration that each individual artist draws from. Our program inspires clay artists to take risks, find a different voice and develop a new relationship with the material. SAW’s ceramic program offers youth and adult workshops, electric and wood-fired kiln rentals, and residencies.
Electric Scutt KM 1027 Kiln
22” wide x 27” deep (6.4 Cubic feet)
1945 degrees (Cone 04)
8 Electric wheels
1 Kick wheel
Plaster wedging table
Large canvas tables
Extruder, Basic clay tools, Bats
Large Anagama / Train
Our large wood-kiln was built in 2010 and is fired two times a year. The kiln's step-grate fire box and larger chimney makes for a forgiving kiln and great teaching tool. The design allows for a large or small coal bed, plenty of loading room around the firebox and space for large scale work. We fire our large kiln for about 124 hours followed by a week of cooling. The kiln holds about 120 cubic feet of ceramic art.
Small Anagama / Train
Our small wood kiln was built to help bring a clearer understanding of the principles of wood-firers, while still producing great surfaces. The scale of the kiln allows for quicker firings and a closer relationship for the firer and the kiln. The small kiln is easily loaded in a day, fired for 48 hours followed by four days of cooling. This kiln holds about 18 cubic feet of ceramic art.
Ceramic Studio Rental
$350 a week
Camping and meals
$315 a week
Arthouse, Trailer or Indoor room and meals
$525 a week
Kiln Firing Fees
Electric Kiln Firing (Cone 04):
$40 per standard bisque or glaze firing
Wood Kiln Firing (Cone 10):
$.06 per cubic inch for firing
Large kiln 10 day residency
$550 for 12 cubic foot
$275 for 6 cubic foot
Small kiln 4 day residency
$450 for 9 cubic foot
$30 per 50 lb Cone 04 pugged red or white clay
$35 per 50 lb Cone 10 pugged clay
Workshops and Classes
SAWs shop offers workshops for artists of all levels. Click "workshops" for more information about our workshops, or click here for our workshop calendar.
Ceramic Studio Artist Program
SAW’s ceramics studio artist position offers a focused ceramic artist an opportunity to develop their ceramic work over an 8-week session in the summer or fall. Ceramics studio artists will be expected to work 25 hours a week in the ceramic studio in exchange for accommodations, board, studio, 12 cubic feet of kiln space, and a complimentary workshop. Studio Artists main responsibility is to maintain cleanliness and order in the ceramic shop, assist artists, help with youth and adult workshops, and participate in a 10-day wood kiln firing. In addition to their work-exchange, Studio Artists will be encouraged to give an artist talk, attend bi-weekly studio visits, and take advantage of opportunities to exhibit and sell work.
Summer Studio Artists will design a 100 piece product line for the annual SAW Gala in mid-July.
Fall Studio Artist will design a quick-fire 24-hour wood kiln during the annual Festival of Fire.
The Clay Residency
June thru September
Artist may apply for a clay residency and have 24 hour access to the studio. Residency rates are $50 dollars a day for studio access. All studio equipment would be available to residents. Resident clay artists can rent SAW’s electric kiln, and purchase firing space in our wood kilns. Current rate is .06 a cubic inch for firing space in a wood-kiln. Clay is available for purchase at SAW, 50 lbs of pugged clay is $25.00
The Firing Residencies
Saw offers firing residencies for each of the wood-kilns. Below are descriptions of both.
The large kiln firing residency dates are set in advanced, while the small kiln firing residency has a rolling application.
Large Kiln Firing Residency
SAW's large kiln firing residency is an opportunity for a ceramic artists to fully participate in a five day wood firing in the large anagama/train kiln. Resident firers will each receive 6 to 12 cubic feet of space inside the kiln, will load their work along with other selected artists participating in the firing. Firing residents will each manage the kiln for four eight hour shifts during the firing.
Fees for large kiln firing residency:
$550 kiln fee includes 12 cubic feet of kiln space.
$275 kiln fee includes 6 cubic feet of kiln space.
Accommodation information can be found here.
June 27 thru July 8, 2018
Arrival: June 27th
Loading: June 27th thru June 30th
Firing: July 2nd thru July 8th
Unloading: July 14th
Small Kiln Firing Residency
SAW's small kiln firing residency is an opportunity for a ceramics artists to participate in a two day wood firing in SAW’s small anagama/train kiln. Resident firers will each receive 9 cubic feet of space inside the kiln, they will load their work along with another selected artist participating in the firing. Firing residents will each manage the kiln for (3) eight hour shifts during the firing. Individual artists or groups of artists may apply to this residency and share the shifts and the kiln space.
The small kiln firing residency has a rolling application. Please propose dates for your firing
residency. Expect one day for loading, followed by 48 hours of firing, totaling a 4 day residency.
Please propose firing residency 2 months or more in advance of the firing.
Fees for small kiln firing residency:
$450 kiln fee includes 9 cubic feet of kiln space
Accommodation information can be found here.
Renting Space in SAW’s Large Wood Kiln
Artist are welcome to bring work to be fired in our annual large kiln firing. SAW charges .06 cents a cubic inch for space in our wood kiln. Clay must be cone 10 clay, bisqued or bone dry upon delivery to SAW. Space in the kiln will be available on a first come first serve basis. Work to be fired must be dropped off at SAW no later then Wednesday June 26th for the loading. Please contact SAW if interested in bringing ceramic work to fire in the kiln.