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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Keith Fleury

Keith Fleury

Keith Fleury


Instructor: Keith Fleury
March 10–12, 2017 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This workshop will give students an introduction to working with native clay and pit firing. On day one, students will be provided with 5-10 lbs of local clay and encouraged to make a few small pieces for the pit firing. While working we will discuss the benefits and challenges of working with native clay, where it can be found and how to assess the quality. We will also go over a variety of ways to prepare the pieces for the firing in order to take advantage of the full range of effects.

On day two, we will prepare the pieces (students should also bring 5-15 pieces of bisque-ware for the firing. Materials to put directly on the work or placed in the pit will be provided. However, bringing dry, natural combustibles, or offerings for the firing is encouraged. We will then dig a pit, load our work, and build a fire. After a few hours of burning we will cover the pieces and let them cool overnight.

On day three, we will unload our pit. Pit firing is a high loss method of firing and it is not uncommon for some pieces to crack. To minimize this risk, consider forms that are more closed than open (bottle vs. plate), as will thinner and smaller pieces. However, there will be very little fluxing in the pit and pieces will not stick together if they break, generally not causing significant damage to other pieces... so take a risk and fire at your own risk! Burnishing pieces will enhance the effects of the firing and is highly recommended. Lighter colored clay will show off more effects and stoneware or raku clay bodies will help prevent cracking.


Born in San Diego, CA, KEITH FLEURY has been drawing since elementary school. In 2009 he was re-introduced to clay and began building small wood kilns and making wood-fired ceramic sculpture. Inspired by animation, graffiti, pop and folk art, his work is reminiscent of otherworldly toys and hypercute mutant dolls. Linear patterns of symbols and shapes are carved into ambiguous, repeated forms. Currently, Keith is an Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art center and is working on new sculpture and firing wood-kilns. His work has been shown in California, Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New York.

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Current MAC Members: $288
Non-members: $320 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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