Firing Pottery

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We made pots from wild clay. Now its time to fire them! If you made pots from a previous worksop, this workshop is a must attend to turn your vessel into a fire hardened ceramic. In this extensive single day workshop join Jeff Martin from Primitive Lifeways where he will take you through the process of firing pottery in nature and without using a kiln!


When and Where?

On March 11th 2023 starting at 9:00am and ending around 2:30 - 3:00pm we will Fire our pottery in the Prescott, Arizona area. We will first meet in the main parking lot at the park (look for the Primitive Lifeways truck) at Big 5 Sporting Goods in Prescott. This store will come up on GPS when using Google or Apple Maps to navigate. 



This workshop will cost $85.00 per person. Click the Register Now button below. *Please register ahead of time so we know how much wood to bring**

What to Expect?

After taking this class you will have a clear and precise understanding of how pottery is fired without a kiln. You will learn what woods are good for firing and what woods to avoid. We will discuss fire safety, and how to control the fire so the pots don't break. Learn how to preheat and super heat the vessels in reduction and oxidation.


The Finished Product

When each student finishes firing their pot you will have an understanding of how prehistoric people fired their pottery in oxidation and reduction. You will have an amazing vessel ready for display or use.


What to Bring?

NOTE: Pottery workshops are held in a highly controlled setting.

The Arizona desert is nothing to take for granted. Having spent over 30 years in a desert environment, Primitive Lifeways recommends you come prepared. As temperatures warm up we have the possibility of coming across rattlesnakes, bees, and wasps. If you are allergic to insect stings we recommend consulting your doctor before attending this gathering. Items to consider bringing include the following:

  • Knife
  • Lots of water
  • Sack lunch
  • Medications
  • Sunblock (natural or synthedic)
  • Oven Gloves
  • Note book
  • First aid kit
  • Cotton cloth (bandana or shemagh)
  • Old Cotton shirt