©2020  Canton Clayworks LLC | Tim Scull  Ceramic Studio | 150 Cherry Brook Rd | 06019 | (860) 693-1000

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Facility Usage



SPA usage option is available beginning January 1 - March 31

to individuals of 21 years or older who have completed a minimum of two years of formal studio instruction in wheel throwing or hand building/sculpture and have a clear understanding of high fire glaze application. 

Usage Fee Structure:

Payment due in full at beginning of studio usage  period.

Winter 2020:
January 1- March 31

Registration will be on a limited first come first serve with a max of 25 SPA's

Cantonclayworks Studio

Studio Potter Associate Services  and Prerequisites  Include:


  • ​​Use of studio facilities/glazes, etc (Six days per week, Tues through Sun. Closed on Mon. Hours of operation: Tues, Thurs 9:00a.m.-10:00p.m. Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 9:00a.m.-8:00p.m.​

  • 10% discount on CCW workshops during the usage period.


  • SPA must have all the construction of their wares / ceramic art complete by the end of the usage period. SPA may return if need, by appointment only to complete their glazing in accordance to CCW firing schedules TDA


  • All clay used at CCW must be purchased at CCW. Prices for the numerous clays provided can be found on the Studio Supplies page.

  • Firing fees are 4.0 cents per cubic inch. Glaze, bisque, and wood/soda or gas firing are covered in this fee. This rate applies to wares made only during the usage period. Higher rates apply to wares made outside of this time period.


  • SPA’s are required to comply with studio guidelines.

  • Cancellation/Refund Policy: In the case of SPA cancellation requested no later than 14 days prior to the start, a refund will be issued minus a $50.00 cancellation fee.SPA usage canceled at the request of SPA after the beginning of usage period will be renegotiated with the individual with all discounts deducted from any refund plus a $100 cancellation fee.


 Serious and very experienced ceramic artists not enrolled in the CCW Studio Potters Associate program may  have the possible option of having their work fired at CCW.


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:  3 cents per cubic inch

Glaze firing: Cone 10-11 6 cents per cubic inch


Minimal Volume: Volume accepted must meet  the minimum volume required 

 of 2 cubic feet (12”x12”x24”)


Measuring and Invoicing: Artist’s wares will be measured in by cubic inch upon

delivery. Invoices for the incurred firing fees will be forwarded quarterly.

Firing fees are expected to be paid 30 day net. 

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:



Feb 13-17  Climbing Train Kiln                                     Feb 23 at 12noon  

March 25-29 Climbing Train Kiln                                  April 5 at 12noon 

April 23-26    Naborigama                                            May 3 at 12 noon

May 28-31    Naborigama                                             June 7 at 12 noon

June 24-28   Workshop Firing both Wood Kilns        July 5 at  10:00a.m.

August 27-30   Naborigama                                        Sept 6 at 10:00a.m. 

November 4-8  Climbing Train Kiln                            Nov 15 at 10:00a.m.

Dec 10-13    Naborigama                                            Dec  19 at 12 noon 

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 250 in the past 15 years, making it one of the most frequently fired wood kilns in the USA. For 24-30 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

Recently added to our kiln yard is our new 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 most frequently fired wood kilns in North America. We have fired her over 250 times since building her in 2003. We are presently firing her about 10 times per year; however, we have been known to fire her as many as 20-25 times per year. Our firing crew and shift supervisors are comprised of CCW staff, faculty, members, advanced students and experienced visiting participants. Many of these individuals have been firing our kiln for the past 15 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 oxidation or light reduction with a vapor of salt/soda. The average duration of firing is 24 hours. On occasion we will decide to try an experimental firing: firing for 40 hours, introducing lots of ash, and reconfiguring the fire box and bag wall. We have only recently fired our Climbing Train Kiln for the first time. We are looking forward to gaining great experience in the next year with our new kiln Loadings, Firings, and Unloading.


We generally start loading the kiln at 12 noon on the first day of the two days scheduled for firing. Usually, we begin firing at 6:00 p.m., right after loading and continue until 6:00 p.m. the following evening. The majority of our firings are scheduled on weekends. All participants are expected to assist in loading and to participate in at least one 4-hour firing shift. 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 unloadings occur 5-7 days after the completion of the firing.  We have yet to establish a loading routine and firing format for our new Climbing Train Kiln.


Firing Fees, Payments, Volume

Our firing fees structure is one of the lowest cost in the Eastern US for wood firing. We charge 6 cents per cubic inch. All wares will be measured upon arrival. You are not expected to pay your firing fees in advance or immediately; however, we do require a $100 non-refundable deposit that will be deducted from your final balance. You will need to pay this deposit upon reserving your requested volume of space in the firing. We will send you an invoice for the balance due. 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.



Wood Firing Deposit

Tuition: $100.00

Description: To pay your Wood Firing Deposit of $100.00 just click on the add to cart button.

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


If a participant cancels his or her intended participation less than ten (10) days prior to the firing dates, that participant will forfeit their deposit. No credit or refund will be available with less than ten days notice. Cancellation of participation before this ten-day period will be credited or refunded.


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 #T1                           white 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 included

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
Lapidary Grinding Belts                                                              $3
Tool Kits                                                                                      $16
  • SPA’s must be able to function 100% independently in the CCW studio.


  • SPA’s must be able to unlock, disarm, relock and activate the CCW alarm system. 


  • Studio layout will periodically be altered to facilitate workshops and gallery shows.


  • Participation in wood/soda firing as needed ( participants are required to sign up for loading and firing shifts), as well as our 50 cubic foot Gas Reduction kiln.

Tucker Porcelain 22lbs                                                                $25