Clay Woodfire class with Hollis Engley and Kimberly Sheerin – Mondays (Spring)


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Mondays, March 29 through June  7 (class will not meet on May 31-Memorial Day)

9:00am to 12:00pm (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 course will help prepare you for the excitement, hard work and rewards of firing your pottery in a wood kiln. We will talk about the firing process, but also about what clay bodies, slips and pots work best in wood. You will see and handle examples of not only the teachers’ work but also the wood-fired work they’ve collected from potters in the US and other countries. We will be working towards a May wood firing at the Hutchins Wood Kiln.

A separate firing fee of $75 will be paid to the owner of the kiln, our very own Deb Hutchins.

Hollis Engley and Kimberly Sheerin, partners in The Barn Pottery in Pocasset, have been firing with wood for years. Their styles are quite different, but both work well in a wood kiln. Kim started 10 years ago, firing in the Truro train kiln, then Nancy Magnusson’s kiln in western Mass., Chris Gustin’s anagama in South Dartmouth and Rose Esson-Dawson’s kiln in Westport. Hollis was very much a beginner in 1993 when Dan Finnegan invited him to fire in the Finnegan/Bill Van Gilder kiln in Maryland. He later wrote about that kiln for Ceramics Monthly. He has since fired at Chester Springs in Pennsylvania, Finnegan’s kiln in Fredericksburg VA, Anderson Ranch in Colorado, and in Nancy Magnusson’s and Rose Esson-Dawson’s kilns. He has been part of the Gustin kiln crew for almost 20 years. Both teachers have had wood-fired work juried into the State of Clay semi-annual show in Lexington and have shown at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Cahoon Museum and Highfield Hall, the Falmouth and Cotuit art centers, among others.

This course will prepare you to fire in the new wood kiln in Marstons Mills.


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  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 fee. 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

Kim Sheerin graduated in 1996 from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Studio Arts with a focus in ceramics. She has lived and made pottery in Pocasset, Massachusetts on Cape Cod for the past 20 years at The Barn Pottery on Barlow’s Landing Road. Kim makes functional pots – plates, mugs, cups, bowls, and teapots – what she calls “art for every day.” Her work is highly decorated with slip trailing, stamping and sgraffito. She is influenced by the natural world of Cape Cod and by Islamic and East Indian art. She has traveled to India to investigate human trafficking there and to see how young women are being rehabilitated from slavery. Her “pots with a purpose” educate the viewer on that issue.

Hollis Engley was raised on Martha’s Vineyard, educated at Cape Cod
Community College and Lycoming College in Pennsylvania and worked
in journalism as a writer, photographer and editor for more than 25
years. He began making pots in 1990 at the Art League School in
Alexandria, VA, and established Hatchville Pottery in Falmouth, MA, in
2000. He joined Kimberly Jane Sheerin at The Barn Pottery in Pocasset
in 2014, where they make their individual and collaborative work.
Hollis makes functional pots – “good pots for good food”. He is
influenced by Japanese, Korean and English country pottery. He fires
with both gas-fueled and wood-fueled kilns.

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