JULY 26 & 27, AUGUST 23 & 24: Smoke Fired – Expect the Unexpected!

Making Pots: 26 and 27 July (two days)
Smoke Firing: 23 August (half day)
Polishing: 24 August (half day)



26 and 27 July: 9.30am – 4.30pm (includes lunch)
23 and 24 August: 2pm – 5pm

Tutor: Frances Marr


Course description:

If you would like to experiment with a firing technique that celebrates the elemental unpredictability of ceramic process, then join Frances Marr in this short course which will introduce you to the exciting technique of smoke-firing. You will have the chance to make sculptural vessels via coiling and pinch pot making techniques and learn about smoothing and burnishing the surface with the option of applying coloured slips.

The second part of the course will be a hands-on introduction to smoke-fired ceramics using wood, seaweed, leaves and other natural combustible materials that imprint the unique atmospheric markings left on each piece.

This workshop consists of two days making your pots or sculptural pieces, and culminates in a barrel firing once your work has been bisque fired. Frances will be encouraging all students to be experimental in their approach and to embrace the chance and drama this process inevitably gives.

Frances has a background in graphic design and printmaking. She began working in ceramics in 2005. Frances’ work celebrates landscapes and the natural environment. For several years she has worked with clay, using traditional hand building techniques and elemental processes such as ‘barrel’ firing to make vessels and sculptural pieces.



The cost of biscuit firing the selection of your best work is included in the price of the course. The teacher will help you decide what your best work is and what the allowed quantity is. This will generally fill kiln space of (35x35x35)cm or one large piece. Extra work can be fired at additional cost.

We will store your uncollected work for up to six months. If you would like us to post the work to you, please let us know and we will arrange this at extra cost.

This course is intended for adults but may be attended by students aged 16+ providing that they come together with an adult who is also a member of the class



Apron, old towel and teaspoon. Please wear closed-toe shoes.