Alternative Firing Workshop


In conjunction with the 18th Annual “It’s Only Clay” exhibit, 2023 Juror Brad Bachmeier will lead an Alternative Firing Workshop, Saturday November 4th at Bemidji State University from 10am to 3pm.

Participants are invited to bring a maximum of two bisqued pieces ready to be fired. For smooth, glossy effects, work could be burnished, or have terra sigillata applied (also discussed during the workshop). Pieces should be no larger than 12 inches in the largest dimension.

Handouts will accompany discussion for a variety of techniques such as Raku, Horse-hair raku, Naked Raku, and obvara. Indoor saggar or raku firing is planned in case outdoor pit firing is not possible.

Note to Participants: Registration is required but there is no fee for the workshop. Please register separately.


If you must cancel, please contact Watermark as soon as possible so that someone else can fill your spot.

2023 IOC opens Friday November 3 with reception from 5 to 7pm. Awards & presentations at 6pm.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and additionally in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. Region 2 LogoBemidji Area Arts Endowment BSU Department of Technology, Art and Design