Alternative Firing Information

Number of Sessions: Varies
Course Fee: Varies


Have you been wondering what Alternative Firing is?
What are our members doing outside on Sunday mornings?

Do you have to be an "expert" to participate?
Is it difficult to do?

Why does everyone wear lots of clothes?

What makes the glazes be so glossy and metallic looking?

Students will experience firing their own pieces using the reduction process  with the assistance of the instructor. 

  • Students should bring bisque-fired hand-built or wheel-thrown pieces for the firing. When bisque-firing, indicate on the firing slip which type of firing process you are signed up for. Firing and glaze stickers required.
  • Horsehair/raku may go through a regular cone 04 bisque. Saggar and naked raku should all be terra sigged.
  • Use WS5 for best shock absorbancy when alternative firing. Bmix can be used for sagger. 
  • Naked pieces must have a plain area (which will turn black) for tongs to grab without disturbing the remaining fragile egg-shell surface. 

Class Information:
  • Students with no previous alternative firing experience should make an appointment with the instructor.
  • Students must wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt and enclosed shoes and socks. Hats and eye wear are also required.
  • Minimum students: 3    Maximum: 6
  • Classes run between mid-October to mid-April.