18 - 28 July, 2017


The cost of this masterclass is 200,000 Hungarian forints.
It includes accommodation in a single room (self catering) with shared facilities, teaching fee and materials you need for the course.
We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 30,000 HUF.

Information and application form please email:
Steve Mattison, International Contact

Havasi Andrea,
Magyar kapcsolat
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with Fred Olsen (USA)

Fred Olsen portrait at the International Ceramics Studio
by Jan-Joris Bos (2015)

Legendary kiln designer Fred Olsen will return to Kecskemet to lead this 10 day woodfiring workshop. Relatively few working potters use wood as a fuel for making pottery. The process is demanding and requires a great deal of time. Intensive labor is needed for preparing wood, as well as, maintaining and firing the kiln but firing with wood produces surfaces that are unmatched by any other form of firing.

In pursuit of a greener studio practice, the International Ceramics Studio is trying to develop cleaner and more efficient wood fired kilns. During the last 17 years we have had 6 kilns designed and built by Olsen. Olsen’s latest kiln design, the Super E, revolutionizes the process of wood firing bringing new possibilities for any artist.

Participants will have the opportunity to make work and fire them in all three of the Olsen kilns we currently have at the studio - Glaze and ash kiln, the salt kiln and the new Super E.

Fred Olsen's "The Kiln Book" has been a text book for all kiln builders for over 30 years. whether professional potters, students, teachers, or amateur enthusiasts. In clear and detailed illustrations and text, Olsen takes you step by step through all the process of design, choice of fuel, method of firing, materials and construction. The Kiln Book has become a tool for so many people around the world.

Visit Fred Olsen's website


above: two of the Olsen kilns at the studio

below: work by Fred Olsen



The workshop language will be English.


Included in the fee for this course are clay and firing costs. Participants will receive 20 kgs. clay suitable for the firings. You can purchase more if wish from our technicians.

  • Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying. We can provide a basic tool kit for purchase if you need.
  • Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
  • Overall/apron.

Fees for the masterclass include

  • Your accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom on a self catering basis.
  • The basic materials and firings you will need for your course. (Extra materials may be purchased if you wish to make additional work.)
  • Teaching fee.
  • 24 hour access to your studio.

A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio. It may be possible for you to make applications to arts councils and funding organisations in your home country to attend the course. We will help you in any way we can with any applications for funding you make.

Accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathrooms and WC. Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with shared refrigerators, cookers and microwave ovens. All cups, plates, cooking pots, saucepans and cutlery is provided. There are spacious lounges and dining rooms. All accommodation is self catering.

We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is computer broadband internet access (wi-fi) in most areas. There is also a laundry facility with washers and dryer.

En-suite accommodation
We have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC. If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 30,000 HUF per course.

Studio materials and equipment
We have all the usual studio equipmen - slabrollers, electric and kick wheels, extruders, pugmills, ballmills etc. and we have 9 electric kilns of varying sizes, three gas kilns (firing to 1400c for porcelain), 4 wood-fired kilns, with one for saltglaze, and raku kilns.

All participants must be insured for medical and personal liability for the duration of their stay at ICS.
For EU citzens - please bring your EU Healthcard.
During the work period the ICS may document and publish the work of the artist in publications or on the ICS website.
ICS cannot offer storage for any artist’s works after the masterclass is completed.

Evening working
The studios will be available if you wish to continue making items, though these sessions may not be taught. Additional materials to those provided by the course may be purchased from the technicians.

Health and Safety
The tutor instructs students in health and safety issues relevant to this course. Students may work unsupervised on agreed projects once they have satisfied the tutor as to their competence. There may be restrictions on the equipment available to students in the tutor’s absence.



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