in Belfast, Maine

SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2019




Come join us for a 2-day Alternative Firing Workshop in beautiful Belfast, Maine!  Workshop to cover a range of alternative firing methods, including aluminum foil saggar firing, clay saggar firing, horse hair, and naked raku.  


Class size limited to 4 participants, so sign up soon.  Workshop cost includes lunch and firing materials.  Accommodations and additional meals are available for a reasonable cost, if requested.


Participants must bring bisque-fired work, preferably pots coated with terra sigillata.  Some details below, but more detailed instructions will follow after enrolling.  To reserve your place in this workshop, email 

Post-workshop note:

        Two participants for this workshop wrote on Instagram:  "Big thanks to Al Scovern of @westthirdceramics for an amazing Alternative firing Workshop recently in beautiful Belfast, Maine... the hospitality & food, studio & kilns, fellow participants & wealth of knowledge offered will keep up going all winter.  We covered saggar, ferric chloride, horsehair, and naked raku firings -- Al is an amazing ceramicist & awesome teacher who knows his stuff -- thanks so much for a truly memorable experience, Al."

Scheduled Classes at the Belfast Studio

Classes and workshops to be scheduled in the future 

    Email for dates of classes or other details

Six week classes on Tuesday nights from 6-9 pm with open studio time through the weeks

      Beginning Wheel-throwing

      Advanced Wheel-throwing 

      Raku and Naked Raku

      Saggar Firing

Description of Classes and Workshops

Wheel-throwing and Firing Classes  

  • 3-hour per week instructional classes and open studio time

  • Maximum of 4 students for optimal personalized              instruction

  • Cost is $225 for a six-week class and includes 50 lbs of clay for wheel-throwing classes 


  • Workshops begin Friday evenings at 6-9 pm, continue Saturdays   9 am-6 pm, and finish Sundays 9 am-3 pm

  • Workshop cost (includes lunches and clay or firing materials)

  • Rooms and other meals available for out-of-town participants for Friday and Saturday nights for an additional cost

Private Lessons

     Inquire at regarding times and cost for private lessons

Juried Art Fairs 2019


Four Bridges Art Festival (Chattanooga, TN)


        April 12-14, 2019 -- Booth 134

Maine Pottery Tour - Coastal Region 

        May 4-5, 2019 -- Belfast, Maine

        Visit the studio and see the new work!

        Get details and map at 

Bethesda Fine Arts Festival (Bethesda, MD)

        May 11-12, 2019 --  Booth 85

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival (Reston, VA)

        May 17-19, 2019 -- Booth 610

Columbus Arts Festival (Columbus, OH)

         June 7-9, 2019 -- Booth M516

Boston Mills Artfest (Peninsula, Ohio)

         June 28-30, 2019 -- Booth N117

Wickford Art Festival (Wickford Village, North Kingstown, RI)

       July 13-14, 2019 -- Booth 431

Armonk Outdoor Art Show (Armonk, NY)

        September 21-22, 2019 -- Booth L2

Art Providence Show (Providence, RI)

        November 8-10, 2019 

Galleries & Exhibits 2019


CRAFT Gallery

     12 Elm St 


     Rockland, ME  04841

Venue Fine Arts & Gifts


       Bloomington, IN 47408

      (812) 339-4200




Kentucky Artisan Center

     Berea, KY

     (859) 985-5448



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