CIRRUS is a Nordic-Baltic network of Art and Design higher education. There are 20 excellent art and design schools from the Nordics and the Baltics in the circle of this cooperation. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

Wood firing. Express course by HDK in 2019 summer

HDK – Academy of Crafts and Design offer a summer course open for students from the Cirrus network, two study-places are available for Cirrus students.
If you are accepted, you will receive Nordplus-grants from Cirrus.

CIRRUS grant available: 2 X 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660 EUR) +70 EUR weekly 

Wood firing 7, 5 ECTS
basic level is a 11-week summer course from:
June 17 – 26 August
Most of the time you will be working in your own studio
Seats open for CIRRUS: 2


The course is addressed to students with experience of working with ceramics who wants to try new expressions through wood firing. We start with an introduction to the wood firing field and Anagamafiring where we explain how you can work both practically and artistically with wood firing.
The introduction will take place on June 17that HDK. (It is desirable but not mandatory to be in Gothenburg for the introduction on June 17th. If you cannot make it, we will arrange a Skype meeting).

After that, you have a period of own work where you deepen in an individual project. Your own artistic approach/artistic expressionwill be the starting point, let the theoretical information from the first meeting be help in the work. The project has to be done in your own studio as there isn´t any possibility to work at HDK. You will then bring your project to Nääs, the place where the woodfiring will take place. We recommend you to work in a suitable size for transportation.

The common Anagamafiring will take place between the 17thand 26thof August at Nääs, the place where HDK has its wood firing “open air laboratory” on the ground of the castle of Nääs about 30 km from Gothenburg.

Here you will have teacher led instructions and briefings, where theory around the different wood firing techniques are followed by practical work.

During this week, you will also present your artistic practice and how you have chosen to work with your own project. You will tell about your choices, your working process and which expectations you have about this firing and working method. The oral presentation should be as a PowerPoint and it has also to be handled in as a text with pictures at latest the 16thof August to

At the end of the week, we will evaluate and analyse the outcomes from the wood firing with your text as the starting point and see how your expectations correspond to the results and if you see this kind of firing and process as part of a possible development of your artistic practice.

The workload during this last week will be very intense. You will be divided into groups and work with different tasks in on-going work shifts. You will stay at Nääs hostel and we will cook together.The expenses for food and accommodation are upon you.

Qualification and registration

Entrance qualifications: Pre-knowledge in Ceramic, at least 60 ECTS.

Selection: the selection will be made upon work samples and motivation



Apply to the course

Send a complete application assembledin one pdf document (max 15 MB)
to  Cecilia Eriksen Wijk at the latest April 18.
Mark your email: Cirrus summer course.

The application should include:

  1. Cover page: state your name, email, current studies, name of your home school and a short resume/CV of your previous studies in ceramics


  1. Certificate showing your pre-knowledge in Ceramics
  2. Motivation letter (max 2000 signs) motivate why you want to attend this course
  3. Portfolio: 5-7 pictures showing examples of former works

If you have any questions feel free to contact Cecilia Eriksen Wijk, International Coordinator at HDK