The Fires

Mudlark Pottery – Big Fires and Small Fires

Quixotica – Big Fire and Small Fires

Arcadia- Big Fires

Ahi Iti – Small Fires


Ahi Iti (small fires)

This Pop-up Kiln yard showcases small scale wood firing. Not to be underestimated these little kilns can still pack a punch. this collection of different kilns will be used built and fired by a collective of Ceramic Artists showing different approaches and finishes.

To break away from the scale and endurance of the big kilns the Ahi Iti space hopes  to inspire. So that when you leave Smoke on the Water you are an ambassador of wood firing to take small scale wood firing back home with you to show off wood firing to your community

It’s Small , It’s hot, It’s smoky, It’s Ahi Iti.


Established in 2000, Quixotica Artspace is 20 minutes from Noosa Heads, five minutes from Cooroy. It features expansive gardens, a lake, studio facilities, accommodation, a gallery and common area.

Two working wood kilns are central to the workshop facilities which also include gas kilns and a separate visitor’s studio space.

Quixotica is envisaged to be a place for artists, art connoisseurs and like minded to visit and enjoy.

For more information contact Rowley Drysdale.


07 54426063

Mudlark Pottery

The Cooroora Institute and Smoke on the Water.

The Cooroora Institute brings together artists, writers, musicians, dancers, craftspeople, and intellectuals interested in place and environment, to share the song of the earth through creative practice.
We have studio facilities for working with wood, metal, ceramics and printing, and host residencies, workshops and events with visiting artists and scholars from around the world.

During the lead up to Smoke on the Water, contemporary aboriginal artist Delvene Cockatoo Collins will be in residence and will work with students from Griffith University’s Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art program in Cooroora’s Mudlark Studio.

Grace Cochrane, art critic and craft writer, will be our visiting scholar in residence over this period.

Anika Annels will be firing the Kiln on Wednesday 28th, from 8am into the evening. The kiln will be opened over our regular Open Studios on Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 5pm, with a number of visual artists in attendance.

At 4pm Wednesday 28th there will be a tour of our newly established coppicing woodlot, and a talk from Steve Husband and Phil Moran from Noosa District Landcare on growing your own fuel, followed by coffee and drinks in the courtyard and studios.

The Cooroora Institute cafe and mini gallery will be open throughout the conference and visitors are welcome

Troy Bungart


Take a didgeridoo playing renaissance man, throw in to the mix the new kid on the block, add some balmy bali night conversations with the Hoff (Neil Hoffman) on kiln building add a slug of hard work and a sprinkling of dreams and you have the makings a  a perfect pre-conference workshop.

That’s what it will be when Shirobey Kobayashi, multi-talented Mashiko potter arrives on his first Australian visit to lead pre-conference participants through a firing of “Syrinx” the newly  built anagama kiln at Tania Edwards Arcadia studio.

Test firing of the new kiln took place on 2nd May with  great results. Build a Kiln, build a community. The Smoke on the water countdown is on.


Shirobey Kobayashi

Anagama Woodfiring Workshop

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