Ever wonder how to get a smoky earthen patina with ceramics? Or are you curious about what it was like to fire clay before electricity? This Intermediate/Advanced level course explores slow alternative methods of firing clay from Japanese Raku, to Eastern European Obvara, to ancient “baked clay” in a pit. Students set independent project goals for exploring their own versions of these ancient practices while working in our historic clay studio. Because this is a more advanced course, students are encouraged to come prepared to work on their own projects, with instructor demonstrations and guidance available upon request. Included in the course are one bag of clay and access to our ample Open Studio Hours to practice techniques and skills on your own. This course is designed to educate students on the various ways clay can be fired and can be taken again and again. Students are encouraged to practice and improve techniques while completing objects for specific firing days. Students should be familiar and comfortable with wheel throwing before signing up. Students eager for more advanced instruction should check out Clay 301.