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An introduction and exploration into the traditional clay method of pinch pots and the compelling and dramatic firings of a sawdust pit and raku kiln, offering participants access to all aspects of an alternative firing. This two day workshop features lectures, demonstrations and the hands on interactive experience making ceramic pots, building kilns, glazing and firing in these reactive kilns. On the first weekend, participants will start with their hands in the clay, molding and sculpting simple pinch pot forms, 4-5 pieces each. The same day, plans are laid out and the group builds the Pioneer Works Pit and Raku kilns. The following weekend, participants return to glaze and the excitement of firing the klilns, witnessing the beautiful effects of the flames, carbonization and fuming.