This course will be focused on techniques that investigate clay and glazes in the wood‐fired kiln. As a class we will improve our understanding of technologies used by both ancient cultures and contemporary artist. Through this study of the earliest types of firing techniques and moving forward in time to the current use of these kilns as a contemporary language in the ceramic arts, the student will gain broader technical control of their own work and learn how current artists mine history to connect and expand their vocabulary as artists. Students will be expected to be making studio ceramic work throughout the term and to fire the work in the wood kiln. This class will be firing the wood kiln on weekends. A body of wood‐fired works at the end of the term will form their final project presentation.