Online Registration

Wood Firing in Worcester +

Dates:September 15 - October 20, 2022
Meets:Th from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location:25 Sagamore Road Wheelthrowing
Cost: $414.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

This is a dynamic and intensive course designed to introduce and inspire any ceramist seeking a hard-working skill building experience. During our weekly three-hour class, we will be hand building and wheel throwing work from stoneware and porcelain, using slips and glazes formulated to respond to a wood fire atmosphere. By registering you are committing to participate in the wood preparation by attending the hands-on work session listed below, including participation in a 16-to-18-hour firing.  We will also be responsible for cleaning up the kiln and shelving for the next adventurous potters!. Limited to 10.

Wood preparation Saturday September 30, 11am-4pm. (+)
Kiln loading October 12, 2-6 pm.
Kiln firing October 14, 7am-12midnight (six-hour shifts)
Kiln unloading and cleanup, October 19, 2 to 6 pm.

Attendance on all dates is required to participate in the class firing. Please check your calendar before registration.

Fee Breakdown:
Student Fee: $279
Firing Fee: $110
Studio Fee: $25


Cancellation Policies

Please read through these policies carefully on our website's policy page.  Written notice of cancellations via email (to is required within specified cancellation windows detailed on our website.

COVID Policies

All registrants are asked to review the Craft Center's COVID-19 Response page for guidance on the safety policies we are asking all students to abide by in our combined efforts to maintain a healthy work environment.  Mask wearing continues to be required of all visitors and students in all studios to keep everyone safe regardless of vaccination status.  Please review this information on here.

Craft Center COVID Policy Acknowledgement

Every registrant will be expected to complete an electronic form included in their registration receipt acknowledging that they understand and agree to comply with the policies outlined.  This form must be submitted no less than 48 hours prior to the start of the first class.  If you have submitted this form for a prior registration, you do not need to submit another one.

To access the form, click here or please refer to your emailed registration receipt.

Inclement Weather Policy

For information on the Craft Center's inclement weather cancellation policies, please visit our website's policy page. Students are encouraged to also check our homepage and our Facebook page for status updates and closure announcements.

Questions? Call us at 508.753.8183 X301





If your class is scheduled to occur in the evenings after 5PM or if you arrive on a weekend before 10AM, please enter the facilities through our rear, handicap-accessible Studio Entrance across from the Parking Lot. The front entrance and offices lock at 5PM. As you enter through the Studio Entrance, please take a right if you are looking for the Ceramics Studio. Please take a left if you are looking for the Metals Studio or the Multimedia Studio.
Fee: $414.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Student Fee$ 279.00
Mandatory FeeFiring Fee$ 110.00
Mandatory FeeStudio Fee$ 25.00

25 Sagamore Road Wheelthrowing

Lori Mader

Lori Mader


  • Artist in Residence, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine July 2014
  • Beginning with a class at the University of South Carolina, Columbia in 1989, She continued her education in clay at UMASS-Amherst and attended clay classes and workshops at the Worcester Center for Crafts.


  • She's been an instructor at the Worcester Center for Crafts since 2004
  • participated in juried arts festivals throughout southern New England, New York and Pennsylvania since 2000
  • She currently owns and operates Cedar Swamp Pottery in Wilbraham, MA.

    Artist Statement

  • I hand make my work from porcelain and stoneware clay. They are fired in a wood burning kiln in 14 to 18 hour firings. The glazes used are modern adaptations of ancient Asian recipes of celadon, shino, and tenmoku iron glazes, safe for use with food and beverages. It is a quietly contemplative, multi-stage process inspired by history, hard work, and the beauty of nature.


  • Multiple WCC faculty exhibitions including WCC Bowl and Cup Shows
  • Paradise City Arts Festival, Northhampton, MA May 2013, October 2013.

    Online Work

  • Date Day Time Location
    09/15/2022Thursday2 PM to 5 PM 25 Sagamore Road Wheelthrowing
    09/22/2022Thursday2 PM to 5 PM 25 Sagamore Road Wheelthrowing
    09/29/2022Thursday2 PM to 5 PM 25 Sagamore Road Wheelthrowing
    10/06/2022Thursday2 PM to 5 PM 25 Sagamore Road Wheelthrowing
    10/13/2022Thursday2 PM to 5 PM 25 Sagamore Road Wheelthrowing
    10/20/2022Thursday2 PM to 5 PM 25 Sagamore Road Wheelthrowing