Special Topic Class – Pit Fire

Special Topic Class – Pitfire with Luna Patterson

Instructor: Luna Patterson
September 15 – October 6, 2019 (4 Weeks)
9/15 – 3:00pm – 8:00pm
9/22 – 3:00pm – 8:00pm
9/29 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm
10/6 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm
$150 (Member)
$180 (Non-Member)

Learn some of Luna Pattersons alternative construction techniques, using slab construction, and tactile pinching to create pots for an exciting, spontaneous pit firing! Achieve a satin to the high-gloss surface without the use of glaze through the application of terra sigillata and dry burnishing. Resist techniques such as wax, clay slip, and aluminum foil will be used to “paint” surface designs with smoke and fire. Students will build and fire a simple sawdust kiln. All levels.

The first two classes will be focused on making. The third class will be for preparation of the wares, and the final class will be the firing.

25lbs of clay is provided (additional clay can be purchased)

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 Luna Patterson

Fine art ceramicist Luna Patterson is known for the beauty of her hand built forms and remarkable color achieved through pit firing. Her colors are suggestive of the Arizona desert and local red rocks. Originally from Denmark, Luna has lived in Arizona since 1992. She has studied pottery at the college level, but is largely self-taught and takes an explorative and experimental approach to her art and is now teaching pit fire techniques. She has won numerous awards for her work including first and third place in the 2008 and 2009 Arizona Clay Olympics.


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.