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Wood-fire Creative Intensive at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency
Wood-fire Creative Intensive at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency
wood-fired stoneware and slip-cast porcelain

Top Left: The group in front of the kiln, Spring 2015.
Top Right: Workshop Assistants/Group Leaders Molly Duff and Lydia Boda providing the final stokes of the firing.
Bottom Left: Kayla Thompson, Sculpture and Functional Art ‘11, slip-cast porcelain assemblage, 8”x4”x3”
Bottom Center: Mark Shenzel, Sculpture and Functional Art’ 14, extruded I-Beam composition, stoneware, 12”x9”x12”
Bottom Right: Jovonnah Nicholson, Sculpture and Functional Art ‘09, wheel-thrown vase, 5”x3”x3”

The Wood-fire Creative Intensive at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency is a bi-annual event that was in operation from 2007-2016. The event was lead and organized by me and was funded by private donations, paying participants, andthe KCAD Clay Collective (a student group). Originally established to offer KCAD students and ceramists from the surrounding area access to atmospheric and experimental firing processes, the four-day three-night event evolved into an immersion experience of collaboration, community, and learning. Due to the time-intensive nature of wood-firing, the process provides an intimate opportunity for shared knowledge and studios inquiry. A visiting artist component hosted artists of many different backgrounds including those not working in clay. Although centered around ceramics and wood-firing, the visiting artist component supplemented the immersive nature of the experience by providing a lecture on their work, demonstrations, and individual discussions with participants.