Special Topic Class – Soda Fire

Special Topic Class – Soda Fire with Dexter Woods

Instructor: Dexter Woods
January 21 – March 17, 2019 (8 Weeks)
Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Earlybird Registration through Dec. 19
$300 (Member)
$360 (Non-Member)

Atmospheric Pottery is one of the most alluring surfaces one can achieve in ceramics. These surfaces are achieved via advanced firing techniques. In this class, Dexter Woods will lead the students through making, finishing, and surfacing pottery to be fired in two atmospheric kiln firings. Students will have the opportunity to participate in loading and firing for both soda firings. Dexter will be demonstrating and teaching the forms he makes for the soda kiln, the decisions on what glazes or slips to use as well as strategies for loading kilns.

Schedule for Class:

Week 1: Intro / Making Day


Week 2:Making Day


Week 3: Glazing Day/Loading


Week 4: Kiln Firing


Week 5: Unloading/Making Day


Week 6:Glazing


Week 7:Loading/Kiln Firing


Week 8: Unloading/Cleanup

Some tips and what to bring...
  • Wear play clothes!  Shoes should be old or washable
  • Leave jewelry at home, especially rings, bracelets or watches
  • If your hair is long, bring a tie-back
  • Tools are provided, but if you want your own we sell low-cost packs
  • Curiosity and a sense of humor!
About Dexter Woods

Dexter Woods is a first generation ceramicist from Dallas, Texas. He graduated from TTU in 2014, where he studied under Von Venhuizen, his mentor and a “technical master” and Juan Granados, who taught the importance of a exploring a personal narrative through art. During his studies, Woods became connected to the legacy and meaning of Don Reitz’s work via Von Venhuizen, who had a deep friendship with Mr. Reitz spanning many years.

Dexter’s teaching experience took a professional turn when he moved to Phoenix in 2015 and worked as an instructor at a private studio. He then helped to open, manage and operate a brand new studio in downtown Phoenix while holding classes in wheel throwing.

In Dexter’s words; “Art is my outlet, to try to understand the world and myself. I love exploring form through clay and reaching for the limits of its memory. The first time I touched clay, it did exactly what I wanted it to do and I realized the limitlessness of the medium.

“I want to bring this sense of possibility to my students and invite them to realize clay’s transformative properties.”


If you’re having troubles registering please call 602-882-8553.  Reception can be spotty out here at the ranch, so be sure to leave a message if you don’t get an answer. You can text to that number as well or fill out the form below.

Reitz Ranch Cancellation Policy

– RR will offer a full refund of registration/class fees if cancellation is made at least 48 hrs. in advance of first class.

– If cancellation occurs less than 48 hrs. prior to the start of a class, participant will forfeit 50% of the total class fee, or, at the request of participant RR may credit the total amount to be used on alternative class at a later date.

– If cancellation or no-show occurs once the class has commenced RR reserves the right to withhold all Fees paid by participant. However, RR understands that extenuating circumstances may occur and will make every effort to take these into consideration. In some cases, participant may be eligible to receive a partial or full credit towards another class.