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Light It Up: Wood Firing the Train Kiln

June 26, 2022 - July 8, 2022

Doug Jeppesen  ·  dougjeppesen.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore and create work for a wood firing in Arrowmont’s train kiln during this two-week workshop.


  • Surface treatment for wood firing (glazing, non-glazing)
  • Kiln placement strategies
  • Woodfiring in the train kiln


  • Wood kiln firing
  • Laguna’s Wood Fired B-Mix


  • Woodfire ceramic pieces
  • Gaining knowledge of the woodfire process
  • Material testing and experimentation

Artist Bio

Doug Jeppesen is an associate professor of Art at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois. He holds a BA and BFA from the University of Tulsa, and an MFA from Northern Illinois University. Jeppesen has presented at the International Wood Firing Conference at Northern Arizona University and the Second European Wood Fire Conference at Guladagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark. He also organized and hosted the 2016 International Wood Fire Conference at Waubonsee Community College.
Arrowmont Connections

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Workshop Description

During this workshop students will create their work and then fire it in Arrowmont’s train kiln. Through class demonstrations, slide talks and class discussions, you will explore the ideas of making work for a wood firing. Discussions will include glaze and non-glaze surface treatments and strategies for placing work in the kiln for a desired outcome. Post firing treatment of the kiln and the work will be covered, along with the allusive idea of “making it” as an artist. No prior wood firing experience is necessary. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $1,210  ·  materials list

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