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!
- Bayfield, Wisconsin (35 minutes away)
- 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.)
- Port Wing, Wisconsin (8 minutes away)
- Cornucopia, Wisconsin (9 minutes 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.
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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.