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Into the Fire
Instructors: Dean Adams and Ted Adler
July 18–22, 2011

During this intense five-day hands-on workshop, participants will load, fire, and unload the Bray’s train-style wood-fired kiln.  In addition to the 36–40 hours of firing, topics such as kiln design, clay body composition, ware stacking, and firing strategies will be discussed.  The instructors will also examine the process of choosing one’s tools, materials, and types of work appropriate for wood-firing. Participants will be asked to bring bisque ware, and a variety of clays, slips, and glazes will be provided. 

The workshop is open to artists of all skill levels and experiences.

Dean Adams
China Column 1, 2009
26" x 13"

Ted Adler
Untitled (Vessel), 2010
wood-fired stoneware, glaze
9" x 8" x 7"

Dean Adams
Urn, 2008

Ted Adler
Untitled (Vase Form), 2010
wood-fired porcelain, glaze
14 " x 9" x 9"
Dean Adams teaches ceramics and is the foundations coordinator at Montana State University in Bozeman. He has been working with wood-fired kilns since 1984 and was a resident at the Bray in 1995. In 2009, Adams was invited as a visiting artist and traveled to Fuping, China, to create work and fire local wood kilns. He earned his MA and MFA degrees in ceramics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and maintains a studio near Bozeman.



Ted Adler is an assistant professor of art and area head of ceramics media at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.  He received his BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, in 1993 and his MFA from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 2002.  Adler has exhibited work across the nation in more than 60 exhibitions, as well as lectured and demonstrated at numerous ceramic centers and universities, including the Archie Bray Foundation, Arrowmont School of Crafts, and Anderson Ranch Art Center.