2 Day Pit Firing workshop

Gather up a group of friends for some pit firing fun! The workshop takes place at Patricia’s studio on the Ards Peninsula.


Bring your own work (or pre-order 6 wheel thrown pots.)

Learn how to prepare the work, pack a pit, fire and finish pit fired pottery.

Take home your own unique pieces from the pit.

Day 1 

Typically lasts 6 hours (usually longer!) Patricia will demonstrate how to wrap the pieces in different materials, explain the typical effects likely to be achieved and the science behind this ancient process.

You will be guided in preparing your own ready made work with a choice of supplied organics.

After a hearty lunch, you will be guided in packing and lighting.

The day finishes with the clamming up of the pit. Patricia will tend it throughout the night.

Day 2

The group returns for the big reveal! 

In this 2nd session the pit will be unpacked. Patricia will demonstrate how to clean and seal the work.

After a break for lunch, you will be helped with cleaning and sealing your own pieces. 

Approximately 4 hours depending on the groups' items. 

Rates- £160 per person (Student rates £120)


  • At least 10 hours of pit fire tuition

  • Pot preparation materials, including a selection of prepared seaweed, oxides, copper, wire wool, selection of organics

  • Fuel for Firing- seaweed, wood shavings, turf and hard wood logs

  • Sealing wax

  • Masks and gloves 

  • 2 Vegetarian lunches and unlimited tea breaks with cake

Maximum 6 participants. 

You can bring your own work


Order 6 wheel thrown, burnished and bisque fired pots-

Small bowl @ £5 

Med bowl @ £10

Large bowl @ £15

Some tips for successful pit firing-

  • If you are bringing your own work,  bisque fire up to 900oc.

  • Green ware will also work but has a much higher risk of breakage.

  • Raku, stoneware or earthenware clay are all suitable.

  • If possible, pieces should be burnished at the leather hard stage which will enhance the pit fire patina.

  • Wheel thrown or hand built pots or sculptures are all suitable

  • Be aware that breakages are inevitable! A range of shapes and sizes will increase your chances of  success. Flat pieces usually break...

  • The pit measures 3' x 4' x 4' 

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Thurs 25th & Fri 26th April



Weekend 15th & 16th June


Mon 27th May Short course £75

Booking through An Creagan


2020 Dates

Cancelled due to Corona virus

2021 Dates

Due to relocating to the Causeway coast, near the village of Lisnagunogue, dates will be released as soon as the new studio and kiln shed is built!

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus, all plans are on hold for everyone. Please keep safe and hopefully it won't be too long until we are able to offer the workshops in our new studio.


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