Wood firing is a labor and time intensive process that takes place over the course of several weeks in extreme heat and inclement weather. It includes wood harvesting and prep, kiln prep and the methodical placement of hundreds of pieces of ceramic work onto custom-built shelves. Once started, the wood fire is stoked round-the-clock by a crew of dedicated ceramic artists and their loved ones. The results are spectacular and often include dramatic variations in texture and depth of color, unique to this firing method.