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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Dave Zdrazil

Dave Zdrazil

Dave Zdrazil

Dave Zdrazil


Instructor: Dave Zdrazil
July 24–29, 2017 (Monday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

This class is no longer available for registration. For more information, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


An exploration of contemporary wood fired aesthetics and process, this class will be a great opportunity to try wood firing for the first time or to explore the process further. Information about contemporary and traditional wood firing processes will be discussed by the instructor including glazes, slips, clay bodies, loading, kiln design, firewood and more.

Participants will bring their own bisque ware to be fired in the wood fired train kiln. On Friday, pieces will be glazed, prepared and loaded into the kiln. The kiln will be fired from Friday night until Sunday and then unloaded the following Saturday. Participants will sign up for a six-hour stoking shift.

While the atmosphere of the kiln produces its own natural surface on unglazed wares, participants are encouraged to explore the effects on a variety of glazes, slips and clay bodies. Liner glazes are recommended for more “enclosed” functional forms like cups and deep bowls. Temperatures will reach Cone 10 and above, so it is important to use appropriate clay bodies, glazes and other techniques. Glazes on outside surfaces will tend to run more than in a gas kiln.

Please note:
• With eight participants, each person will have approximately four cubic feet of kiln space. Bring extra wares just in case!
• Bring a variety of shapes and sizes. Tall, narrow forms usually fit better than short wide things. Also, very small items (shot-glass size) seem to always find a spot somewhere in the kiln.
• Be prepared for the weather, we’ll be outdoors mostly. Also, bring the appropriate clothing and footwear for working around the kiln. Some clothing catches on fire or is ruined easily (raincoats). Cotton is recommended.
• Please no alcohol/drugs while stoking the kiln.
• Feel free to contact the instructor with any questions.


DAVE ZDRAZIL is a clay artist and Associate Faculty member at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. His ceramic work includes a wide variety of wheel-thrown, hand-built and slip-cast forms. Since building his first wood fired kiln in Wisconsin in 2001, he has designed and built several unique kilns in addition to giving guest lectures, workshops and consultation related to ceramics and kiln building. He has presented at international ceramics conferences in several countries and his work has been featured in publications such as Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Technical and The Log Book.

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Current MAC Members: $558
Non-members: $620 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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