Firing The Wood Kiln

October 25, 2020 – October 31, 2020

Todd Pletcher

During this workshop students will load and fire the train kiln and learn how to prepare their work with glazes, slips and wadding. When the work is prepped, participants will load and fire the kiln. Demonstrations include making a variety of work for a wood firing with an emphasis on fluid forms. Class discussions cover various kiln designs, firing techniques and cooling cycles while firing the kiln. After the firing, you will have an opportunity to make work alongside the instructor as the kiln cools. No prior wood firing experience is required for the workshop. Open to all skill levels.


Todd Pletcher is the facilities development director at Clay by the Bay in San Francisco, California. He received his BFA from Goshen College in 2005 and was a full-time studio potter until moving to his current position in San Francisco. Pletcher was a Ceramic’s Monthly Emerging Artist in 2015 and his work is shown internationally.

Todd Pletcher

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2020. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund of deposit.


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