The Five W's of Woodfiring

With typical Midwestern aplomb, NCC builds on community friendships to ensure our ceramic educational offerings reach every possible interest, regardless of onsite facilities. Our region is rich with possibilities and our partners are generous. You asked for it, and we delivered this spring with an amazing wood firing experience! 

Workshop leaders Rob Lieder and Keith Williams

The group with some of their work The kiln while firing.

What? NCC's Wood-firing Workshop 

Who and Where? In cooperation with Concordia University, St. Paul, thanks to the generosity and effort of Department of Art Chair Keith Williams. Williams and NCC's Outreach Technician, Rob Lieder. Together, they were team teachers, guiding NCC students through the wood-firing experience.

How? From NCC Studio Artist Debbie Schumer, "We learned a lot, we laughed a lot, and of course ate great food, as we took shifts stoking the kiln through the 22-hour firing. It was super cool to hear about Rob and Keith’s kiln building process and the tweaks they've made to Concordia's top-loading, train-style kiln to achieve the results they want."

NCC Studio Artist Debbie Schumer. Before firing. After firing.


Why? From Teaching Artist Rob Lieder, "It was great to share my admiration for wood-firing and enlighten people about the process. For me, the best part about the workshop was hearing the buzz around NCC as the firing date drew closer and seeing how excited people were getting. That excitement grew exponentially as we began unloading the kiln."

When? Keep an eye out for other wood-firing opportunities because, "My only regret was signing up only for the firing, and not the class that was offered prior to the firing. I’m hoping we’ll have another chance to do this one again!"

You will! We hope to see you there! 

Rob Lieder stoking the kiln. Students checking the temperature of the kiln. Two students stoking the kiln.


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