Facility Usage

This is a dramatically new direction for all of us at CCW due to the present health

crisis. CCW is entering into a survival mode attempting to design a new model in order

 to give our community the much need access to the studio, equipment rental ,

instruction, as well as continuing in our journey of ambitious firing schedules.

Please embrace that this is all new to us and will need to be “a work in progress “with

adaptations and flexibility. I need to emphasize that I truly need your help and support

(financially and other wise) in order to remain open as a viable studio for our community.

I am unable to do this alone.



SPA usage option is available beginning  April 1- June 30

to individuals of 21 years or older who have exhibited dedication to the advancement of their personal skills and goals.

Usage Fee Structure:

Spring 2021

April 1 - June 30


Payment made by April 7th    $495.00

Payment made after April 7th $595.00

Cantonclayworks Studio

Studio Potter Associate Services :

Firing fee for 1/2 template , $120 

Firing fee for 1 full template , $240 

1/2 template = 3000 cubic inches @.04=$120

1Full tamplate = 6000 cubic inches@.04=$240


  • Use of studio facilities six days per week, Tue. - Fri. 12 noon until 9:00 p.m.  Sat-Sun 9:00 a.m. - 9:00p.m.   PLEASE NOTE: We may be launching a new tutorial program starting on Thursdays in May, closing the studio for SPA's on Thursdays.

  • All SPA participating in all upcoming wood firings will be required to pre-pay their firing fees as follows:





Always wanted to try Raku firing but can’t afford the cost or time of a full-blown weekend workshop?  This Raku firing service might be the perfect fit for you.


This summers offering will be two early mornings, to beat the

summer heat,(7-10) firing for a maximum of six participants

who are at least advanced beginners.

Each participant may bring ten bisqued pots.

Add to Cart To securely register and pay for the Raku Adventure

Option #1 June 19 Sold Out

Option #2  July 24&25 7:00a.m.-10:00a.m. Beat the heat

Option #3  August 21&22 7:00a.m.-10:00a.m. Beat the heat

We recommend clay with Kyanite especially for hand-built pieces. CCW has a special mix of Kyanite clay for sale.  Click here to order clay. Pieces may be hand built or wheel thrown.


We will use several of Tim's renown Raku glazes.  Tim has been firing and teaching Raku for the last 35 years and shows his work in galleries nationwide.

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This Raku firing service is a new program for CCW, that we hope to offer with some regularity. This is a hands-on, physical labor-intensive firing! For those individuals who struggle with the physicality of this type of firing, CCW may be able to offer an assistant for the day at additional costs.

All participants will receive a PDF file to assist them in preparing for this firing.

Volume templates, size restrictions, recommended clays, clothing, and safety equipment will all be included in the PDF file.

 All of this for the low price of $175!  An unheard of bargain for this type of firing.

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In case of rain, an alternative date will be offered.  

CCW also offers a cone 10 firing service

to experienced ceramic artist not enrolled in the CCW Studio Potters Associate


Firing fees will include Bisque, Wood/Soda, Gas Glaze Reduction firing. Individuals participating in a wood firings are expected to fulfill required shifts and duties during the loading and firing. Please scroll down to see more info on our wood firing program


Acceptance of an individual’s work will be reviewed on a person to person basis.

All clay must be a Cone 10- 11 clay body.


Select CCW glazes are included in the firing fees.


Firing Fee structure:

Bisque firing:  2 cents per cubic inch

Glaze and/or wood firing: Cone 10-11  8 cents per cubic inch

Firing fee for 1/2 template - $240 

Firing fee for 1 full template - $480 


1/2 template = 3000 cubic inches @.08 =$240

1Full template = 6000 cubic inches@.08=$480


Volume overages will be managed on firing per firing basis.

These rates do not include Bisque firing. There will be an

additional charge of .02 per cubic inch for bisque firing.

Everyone will be required to pre-pay the full amount for the space

reserved, whether they use the space or not. Refunds for space

not used will not be given. I will be available to measure in

everyone’s pots just prior to the glazing period before firings. It is

imperative for both planning and maximizing firing results, that the

kiln be fully loaded at the time of firing.

Everyone will need to be vigilant in managing their inventory (volume) as well as their commitment.

Pick up and Delivery:  Pick up and delivery will be done by appointment only.



To Pay your firing fee invoice from our past firings click on the following link for Invoice Payment 


Firing Dates:

April 20-25 Climbing Train Kiln  

       Unloading: May 2, at 10:00a.m.

May 19-23 Naborigama  

       Unloading: May 30, at 10:00a.m.

June 22-27 Climbing Train Kiln

       Unloading: July 3, at 10:00a.m.    

July 28- August 1  Naborigama    

       Unloading:  August 8, at 10a.m.

September 1-5 Naborigama

       Unloading: September 10, at 10:00a.m.                              


This is a very ambitious firing schedule. TBC dates will be contingent on the number of participants and volume of wares. In view of this, it is imperative that those committing to participation in each firing follow through. We understand that unforeseen circumstances

can occur, however, please take commitments to participate seriously and with forethought.

Rock Creek Naborigama

At the Canton Clay Works, our unique Naborigama (designed by renown kiln designer Will Ruggles) has been fired over 300 in the past 18 years, making it one of the most frequently fired wood kilns in the USA. For 48 hours the kilns numerous chambers are stoked with wood every 3-5 minutes. The pots in the first chamber are fired in a reduction atmosphere resulting in deep, rich color tone in the clay body, decorative slips, and glazes. The second chamber is considered a Soda Chamber, volatilized with12 pounds of a salt and sodium mixture, resulting in an atmosphere saturated with vapor that bonds with the silica contained in the clay body, creating a one of a kind sodium silicate glaze.

Climbing Train Kiln

Added to our kiln yard in 2017 is unique Climbing Train Kiln (100+ cubic feet), a contemporary rendition of an ancient Anagama (tunnel or tube kiln). This new design was introduced to the U.S. by John Neely of Utah State University, after a trip to Japan. A unique feature of this design is the fire box, known as a burry box, with an unusual stepped grate system on the bottom of the burry box. This is an exceptionally efficient wood-fired kiln that fires faster, with great fuel efficiency resulting in similar results of an Anagama in far less time and using far less energy.

North Carolina’s internationally renowned potter, Judith Duff has made a wonderful CAD program of her kiln based on John Neely’s design. It is from this design that I have made a few unique adaptations:  a dramatic increase in size, three Hikidashi ports (means: “to open and pull out), a step in elevation in the large ware chamber (making this a Climbing Train Kiln), the addition of five brick arches, and the unusual hoistable insulated steel center arch, allowing for an aging potter to stand while loading and unloading. Our newly added Climbing Train Kiln’s construction was completed in early June 2017.



Our Wood Firing Program and Crew

Our Naborigama (named Yuki) is one of the more frequently fired wood kilns in North America.

We have fired her close over 300 times since building her in 2003. We are presently firing her about 7 times per year. In our crazy youthful days we were known to fire her 20 times per year. We are presently firing our Climbing Train Kiln 4-5 time per year. Our firing crew and shift supervisors are comprised of CCW staff, members, and experienced visiting participants. Many of these individuals have been firing our kiln for the past 18 years, accumulating hundreds and hundreds of hours of experience per person. We have achieved very consistent results through the years while firing the first chamber in reduction and the second chamber in light reduction with a vapor of salt/soda. The average duration of firing is 48-50+ hours. We generally start loading the kiln at 12 noon on the first day of the two-three days scheduled for firing. Usually, we begin firing at 4:00 p.m., right after loading and continue until 6:00 p.m. two days later .The majority of our firings are scheduled on weekends. All participants are expected to assist in loading and to participate in at least one or two 4-hour firing shifts. We are not a drop off firing program; we strongly believe that wood firing is a community experience with all its educational value in hands-on experience. Most of our un-loadings occur 5-7 days after the completion of the firing.


Firing Fees, Payments, Volume

Our firing fee structure is one of the lowest in the eastern U.S. for wood firing. We charge 8 cents per cubic inch.  We ask that visiting participants request and commit to a template of volume (space) in the firing. Participants should order a full template or a minimum 1/2 template of space. (a full template equals 24"x24"x12" , a half template equals 24"x12"x12"). Please do not stack when organizing your wares and keep in mind that there will be a 1/2 inch shelf holding each layer of wares in the kiln. When you arrive we make it very easy by quickly measuring each item.



To pay your firing fee invoice from our past firings just click on the following link for Invoice Payment through Paypal.com


There are no refunds for cancellations.


For those of you wanting more formal information on our wood firing program. We offer a few different unique wood firing educational opportunities each year.


Glazes and Flashing Slips

CCW's Naborigama delivers great and consistent results for wood and salt/soda glazes as well as a full palette of flashing slips. We supply more glazes and slips than most well-known universities. We are regularly adding new slips and glazes. It can be confusing, therefore we encourage new participants to keep it simple. Many visitors arrive the day before a firing to start their glazing and slip applications, but many people also complete their glazing the morning of the firing before loading. It is recommended that only individuals with an understanding of the application of high fire glazes consider participating because this wood-firing program is not a workshop scenario with a full day of instruction. Beginners should consider enrolling in a workshop at CCW.


Clay Bodies

There are many clay bodies that will work well with wood firing.

All clay bodies must be cone 10-11 clay bodies. No exceptions!!!


We are presently testing several clay bodies for the ClimbingTrain Kiln. Please contact Tim in regards to

progress with other clay bodies.


(The use of porcelain has a tendency to warp open forms in our cross draft kiln.  Closed forms work quite well.)

Recommendations: (all clay bodies are cone 10-11)

Laguna B Mix Wood                terrific in wood reduction chamber formulated with Helmar

Laguna #510                            a great porcelainous stoneware (white)

Laguna #900                            brown stoneware

Laguna #950                            groggy brown stoneware

Sheffield #T3                           tan with iron specks

Sheffield Z Clay                       brown stoneware (fabulous in salt chamber)

Standard #119                        Light brown stoneware good in both chambers

Standard #621.                       Buff clay body formulated with Helmar


All studio supplies are for pickup only at CCW  -  CT sales tax  not included

Tucker Porcelain 22lbs                                                                $25
Tim's Mix Light brown stoneware with silica sand and sawdust      25lbs          $30
Brown Stoneware Laguna #900      25lbs                                 $25
Brown Stoneware  Laguna #900  with Kyanite   25lbs             $25
White  Stoneware  Laguna #510  25lbs                                    $30
White  Stoneware  Laguna #510 with Kyanite  25lbs               $30
B Mix Wood           25lbs                                                            $30
B Mix Cone 10       25lbs                                                            $25
Specialty Clays for Train Kiln    25lbs                                        $30
Sheffield # 42 Deep Brown- Black Stoneware  25lbs               $30
STAR WORKS Course White Stoneware     25lbs                     $30
Schefield Wood Lite     25lbs                     $30