Wood Fire and Beyond with Seth Rainville: Tuesdays (Spring)


A rare opportunity to fire your clay work in a wood kiln!

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Tuesdays, March 30 to June 1
6:00pm – 9:00pm (10 Weeks)

Our health and safety plan:

  • masks required for all
  • students and teachers will practice social distancing 6 plus feet)
  • students will be asked to do hand washing/hand sanitizing; staff will be frequently disinfecting
  •  each student will have their own supplies (no sharing of supplies)
  • smaller class sizes
  • if weather requires indoor class, windows and doors open for air flow; and class spread over two rooms.

This class will enhance your skills in both wheel thrown and hand built forms designed to fire in a variety of kilns. Although we will be working towards a May wood firing at the Hutchins Wood Kiln, we will also be preparing for the new gas kiln being built in June, as well as a continued dialog of cone 5 oxidation firing. With this in mind we will be using a variety of clays, glazes, and slips. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn about the differences in kilns, firing methods, and strategies for making work suitable for each. Demonstrations as well as power point presentations will be given routinely throughout the session. All students should have completed a minimum of one beginning level  class or equivalent.


 A separate firing fee will be paid directly to Deb Hutchins, the owner of the kiln. This fee will vary depending on the number of people taking the class. It will typically be around $100 to $130.

Scholarship information:

The Falmouth Art Center is very proud to have a scholarship fund supported by donations from members and friends.  It is available for both children and adults who have a great desire to create art.  Applications should be submitted to Laura Reckford, Executive Director of the Falmouth Art Center. If you have questions about our scholarship program, email us at  info@falmouthart.org  or call the art center at 508-540-3304.

Scholarship Information and Forms

Refund policy:

Refunds will not be given within one week of the start of a class. Classes are not pro-rated, and there are no makeups for missed classes. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any class or workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.

If Falmouth Public Schools are closed due to weather conditions, we will be closed and the missed classes will be rescheduled.




Fee includes 25 pounds of clay, glaze and firing fees. A tool kit may be purchased for $20. Open studio time, which is scheduled several times throughout the week, is available at no extra charge.

Instructor Bio

Seth Rainville is a professional potter, art educator, and independent curator living in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He has taught ceramics at multiple venues including the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, South County Art Association, Arch Contemporary Ceramics, the Mesa Art Center and Phoenix Center for the Arts. He has also conducted over 30 workshops across the country including recent workshops at Harvard Ceramics, Mudflat Ceramics Studio, and at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Seth’s teaching style requires students to enjoy the process while learning a strong base of fundamentals.

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