Fill Your Spirit




Participants will work through the stages of harvesting, processing, and testing wild clay materials in both oxidation and reduction atmospheres. Each workshop attendee will make several types of clay and glaze tests and will leave with an understanding of how to apply this knowledge to their own locations and studio practices.

This workshop will involve physical work as we explore the geology of Stone Bowl Farm and the surrounding area, as well as digging and preparing clay.  Participants should plan and dress accordingly. The workshop will include both ^6 oxidation firings and  ^ 10 firing of tests in the fast-fire wood kiln.

Our days will be filled with harvesting, processing, testing and firing. In the evenings, we will have time for demos, group dinners around the fire, and a special "wild clay show and tell."



Mitch Iburg received his Bachelor of Arts from Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA) in 2011 and has since completed residencies in Virginia, New York, Denmark, and California. He has worked extensively with indigenous clay and mineral resources throughout the country while maintaining an emphasis on the wood fired vessel genre. He currently works from his Saint Paul, Minnesota studio.


Zoë Powell holds a B.A. in Ceramics and a B.S. in Biology from The College of William & Mary and is currently working as a studio ceramist in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her sculptural work serves as a formal exploration of human emotions; an attempt to visualize the intangible. Zoë is a former wood-fire resident of both the Cub Creek Foundation, in Appomattox, Virginia, and Cobb Mountain Arts and Ecology Project, in Northern California. She is a past VMFA fellowship recipient and has been awarded numerous grants for her work with native clays and wood firing. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries around the country.


August 23- August 28, 2018. 

Participants should arrive by 6pm Thursday, August 23 and may depart on the evening of August 27 after dinner (or the morning of Aug 28).

$650, includes 5 nights lodging in a shared room, all meals during the workshop, workshop fee and materials and firings.  Additional nights, single room upgrades and/or camping available. Payment may be made via credit card, PayPal or check. $200 deposit will be required to hold your space upon confirmation of registration.