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Start the Summer with Anagama Activites!

Start the Summer with Anagama Activites!

Herbster Wood Fired Anagama Workshop

Looking for something to do in June after this extremely cold Polar Vortex season? The Herbster Wood Fired Anagama Workshop is the perfect place! In the small town of Herbster, WI you can attend a sixteen day workshop in the heart of the forest accompanied by about twelve other people and one massive kiln. The kiln is approximately 24 feet long and fits over a thousand pieces of work. It was built in 1995 by Mike Weber himself. The workshop is located about 6 miles away from Lake Superior where you can enjoy the beach and good company.

Mike Weber has been wood-firing for over 40 years at his studio in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

During the duration of the workshop, participants spend about three days throwing their pieces, one day glazing, and about two days loading the kiln. Finally, everyone works together to cut and move wood and brick up the kiln door as a team. Shifts for monitoring the flame and getting the kiln up to temperature are assigned in groups. During cool down time everyone is welcome can explore the surrounding natural environment and small local towns. Spending time at the beach where there are bonfires and cookouts is a popular option during cool down.

For some more ideas for local exploration, check out our list of adventures!

Nearby Nooks

  1. Bayfield, Wisconsin (35 minutes away)
  2. Madeline Island, Wisconsin (35 minutes to Bayfield and 15 minute ferry ride to island. We highly recommend bringing your car to the island to explore the large state park.)
  3. Port Wing, Wisconsin (8 minutes away)
  4. Cornucopia, Wisconsin (9 minutes away)

Farther Features

  1. Duluth, Minnesota (1 hour and 7 minutes away)
  2. Superior, Wisconsin (1 hour away)

After the cool down period, participants are served an enormous breakfast, and the kiln is not unloaded until everyone is finished eating. The unloading process takes almost three hours to complete,  including counting and laying out of the pieces. The count is important because beforehand, participants put a number in the “Pottery Lottery” to guess the number of pieces that survive the firing process. The closest guess wins a piece from each participant at the workshop who put a number in the Pottery Lottery.

The atmosphere of this Northern Midwest workshop is a rich, community based experience where participants really get to know everyone around them for the two weeks they are there.

The per-person cost to attend is $645.00, and a $100.00 non-refundable deposit is needed to reserve your spot. Find out more information at the Weber Wood Fire website.


Rovin Policy Change Reminder

Rovin has a small staff, as many of our wonderful customers know. Because of this, we request that all dry raw material orders be placed at least 24 hours in advance of pick up.

There will be a $2.00 per bag fee applied to any order amounts under 50 lbs (full bags) for orders placed the day of pick up. 

Thank you! 

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New Year's Resolutions

While setting resolutions in our personal lives we should not forget to set goals for improvement in our studio practices. Not sure where to start? Check out this list of four possible studio goals to get you motivated in the New Year.

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Rovin Holiday Gift Guide

 We were inspired to create this list by watching many of our customers day dream over some the best quality tools and equipment that we offer. If you have a loved one looking to get you the perfect gift or you're shopping for your clay-loving friends, look no further, the Rovin Holiday Gift Guide is here!

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Featured Artist Kip O'Krongly

Featured Artist Kip O'KronglyOn August 22-23 at Yourist Studio Gallery in Ann Arbor, RnR Ceramics will be hosting a hands-on workshop taught by the very talented artist Kip O’Krongly. There will also be a free artist reception open to the public at TrustArt Studios in Ann Arbor on August 21. Kip kindly took the time to answer some questions for us while getting ready for the up-coming workshop. Rovin Ceramics is proud to support this event by providing clay and tools for the workshop.

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Featured Artists: One Acre Ceramics Part 1

One Acre CeramicsEarly this past spring, we had the chance to visit One Acre Ceramics in Milan. There, artists Thomas and Sarah Gelsanliter, founders of One Acre Ceramics, shared with us the workings of their business and how, through their years of travel, schooling, and working under and alongside other craftsmen, were able combine each other’s skills and achieve independence as artists.

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