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Works by Potters of East Creek Art

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Friends of the Fire

Featuring works by potters of East Creek Art

Firing with wood has re-emerged as a tremendous importance in ceramics, its influence widening well past the immediate sphere of the skilled artists for whom it is central. Beautiful and earthy, the tradition of wood fired pottery lives on in the Pacific Northwest through the Potters of East Creek Art: a group of artists dedicated in the ancient art of Japanese wood firing.

This exhibit will include the work of seven well-known local and regional, ceramic artists who fire their work at the East Creek Art wood fired kilns in Willamina, Oregon.

These beautiful artworks are fired through a long and arduous 3- 6 day process of stoking the fire and flames in the wood-fired anagama kiln. Flying ashes and volatile salts fill the atmosphere within the kiln, resulting in natural wood ash-glazed artworks.

The potters spend long hours tending to the 2400 degrees fire, with hopes that the high heat and flames will engulf their works so that the natural ashes produced will settle on the clay. This produces unpredictable colors and textures on their artworks, only achievable with this traditional technique unrivaled by contemporary firing methods.

Friends of the Fire is a curated selection of artists who have had significant engagement with the East Creek Art wood firing community.


  • May 27, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • May 28, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • May 29, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Featuring works by Potters of East Creek Art