August 13 - 27, 2017 - MORE INFO -

OPENING to the FIRE: Approaching the Anagama Anew in BALI

Passion meets Dedication: Harnessing a lifetime of experience with clay and fire, renowned anagama artist, Jeff Shapiro, will lead participants in an unforgettable two weeks of making for and firing the Gayagama.  Beginning in the raw, Jeff will share his inimitable slab and coil building techniques, the use of simple hand-carved wooden tools, and readily available materials as liberating outlets for generating new ideas in clay.

Including a “mock loading and firing,” Jeff will coach participants in understanding the creation of individual “environments” for loading work, and other alternative approaches to loading and firing, discussing all the while technique in respect to efficiency and aesthetics. We will also experience and experiment with a number of firing tools used to specifically enhance and shape the outcomes of the fire, such as covering pieces with coal or moving items to the firebox during firing.  Together, the group of participants will experience the entire journey: thinking, making, loading, firing, cooling, retrieving-- and that just begins the conversation. 

Open to all levels of experience

Tuition: $2,100

*Tuition includes: general studio materials, firings, transport during workshop hours, excursions around Bali, Welcome dinner, and lunches at the studio.
**Accommodation NOT included.

For More Info:
Gaya Ceramic Arts Center Jl. Raya Sayan (small road), Ubud Bali, Indonesia 80571 - Phone: +62 (0)361 8989515 | Email:


SEP 29 - OCT 13

This workshop will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to make and fire work in a kiln we build near Certaldo in Tuscany at the La Meridiana facility. For 2 days prior to that we will start the trip in Florence where we will take guided tours of the Duomo and the Uffitzi Museum Collection. After finishing building and making work at La Meridiana, we will visit a wonderful artist and friend living and working near Orvieto. We will spend the last 2 nights in Orvieto to end the trip.

While staying at the lovely La Meridiana facility, participants will assist in the kiln building project, and making work for the kiln’s maiden firing. The workshop promises to be a lively, busy one. We will be building a gas/wood fired kiln under the guidance of Bruce Dehnert, Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School for Craft. While that activity proceeds, we will be making work [pots or sculpture] in the beautiful studio with noted ceramicist, Jeff Shapiro. Participants are welcome to participate in either or both activities to the extent they are interested or able. Clay, tools, and firing are included in this workshop. We will fire the kiln that we will build together. With the well appointed studio at La Meridiana and the gourmet 4 course lunches each day, as well as side trips to San Gimignano and Volterra while the kiln is cooling, it will be an intense, in depth, discovery of Italian culture, kiln building techniques, and creative clay work in the studio.

Capacity is limited, and reserving a space is on a first come first serve basis. Inquire about full itinerary,cost, and details.