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Ceramics/Sculpture Department

Ian Hazard-Bill

Wood Fire Workshop

Ian Hazard-Bill

Ian Hazard-Bill

Ian Hazard-Bill

Instructor: Ian Hazard-Bill
February 4–9, 2020 (Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. To be placed on the waiting list, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Come participate in a wood firing in our new wood fire kiln. The E&M Express is a Bury Box Train Kiln that was completed in fall 2016. Its unique design allows for easy loading of wares and quick and efficient firing. This kiln will give great results in less time than larger anagama kilns and is a great learning tool for both beginner and well seasoned wood fire artists. This class will start off with a discussion of glazing and loading techniques and will be loaded the first day. Participants will be expected to take on wood shifts for stoking the kiln. This is a great time to learn about how this kiln fires, what woods work well and to gain experience in operating wood kilns. The kiln will be fired for three days with one day for cool down and the last day to unload and a discussion about the results and firing.


IAN HAZARD-BILL was born and raised in Marin County. He started working in clay in high school and has continued since. He has a B.A. ceramics and community based sustainability from The Evergreen State College. He has been an apprentice to Seth Cardew in Spain for three months, an Artist in Residence at the Cub Creek Foundation, studio manager at Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts, as the assistant to the Director at Cub Creek Foundation and as an Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center before taking over as Ceramics Program Coordinator. He makes functional pottery on the wheel, and with a unique slab-building technique and fires his work in wood or salt/soda kilns. 

The E&M Express was designed by Mitch Iburg who is a wood fire artist currently residing in Northern California. He has been an artist in resident at the Mendocino Art Center and has participated in many wood fires at the Art Center. The kiln was built by Mitch and Evan Hobart, Mendocino Art Center’s former ceramic studio program manager. Also many thanks to the participants that helped in the construction of this kiln.

Current MAC Members: $315
Non-members: $350 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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