Pit Fire / Clay Dig / Pachamanka in the Driftless

at GnarWare Workshop - Freeport

Course Details
$235 4 seats left
Start Date:

Fri, Sep 27, 6:00pm - Sep 29, 11:30pm (3 sessions)

Freeport, Suburbs
126 E Douglas St
At N Adams Ave
Freeport, Illinois 61032
You will receive more information on location a week before the date.
Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this clay class:

Join Nance Klehm and Liz McCarthy (of GnarWare) for a weekend of pit firing, Pachamanka, and workshops. This weekend of camping and programming will culminate in a pit firing of participants’ wares Saturday evening. 

Participants will have open access to GnarWare Workshops at the start of September and 25lbs of clay to make objects for the firing.

The weekend camping will start Friday evening though Sunday afternoon. Join us starting on Friday night for heavy lifting, or just come for the spectacle and programing all of Saturday. Freeport is a 2.5 hour drive from Chicago. We ask you bring your own food to cook (fridge on site).

Workshops and Activities: Sauna (Friday), Pit Firing prep and process, Raw clay harvesting and processing, seed collection (for planting on the land), fungal forage, Outdoor Pizza ovens, Yoga

More stuff to do in the Area: Jane Addams Museum, Bio-dynamic Winery, Union Dairy Tour.

You will need to bring all your own camping gear and weather/work appropriate attire. This event is in the outdoor elements. Nice dogs are welcome, but there are predators in the area.

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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:00pm - 11:30pm Nance Klehm & Liz McCarthy 3 $235
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Sep 28 6:00pm - 11:30pm Nance Klehm & Liz McCarthy
Sun, Sep 29 6:00pm - 11:30pm Nance Klehm & Liz McCarthy

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GnarWare Workshop is a Chicago based ceramics studio. It was started in 2017 by Liz McCarthy. This space is dedicated to providing studios, workshops, and drop-in tutorials to help artists and hobbyists work through ideas. GnarWare is committed to material and conceptual experimentation as a workshop...

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