The international wood fired ceramics symposium is an annual event held in Kohila Village, Estonia. Over the past 17 years, the symposium has hosted 178 prominent and emerging artists from 29 countries. This event encourages an international exchange in the field of ceramics as well as enhances appreciation and understanding of wood firing.
The first symposium took place in 2001, after the first anagama-type kiln was built in the Tohisoo Manor Park. Külli Kõiv, Aigi Orav, and Andres Allik founded and organized the symposium until 2015. Currently, the site has a nationally recognized anagama and a small bourry-box kiln built by Andres Allik. Studios and accommodations are located in a 17th century manor house used as a local music and arts school and concert hall. The Tohisoo Manor Park is on the Keila River and is walking distance from Kohila Village center.
Every year 8-12 artists come together for a 3 week period to create new work, collaborate, fire kilns, and share the knowledges beyond our individual practices. During this time artists also give presentations, take trips to sites of interest around Estonia, and participate in a wide cultural experience. The symposium culminates with an outdoor exhibition open to the public. As part of the tradition, each participating artist donates a work to the symposium’s collection and becomes part of the expanded resource of local ceramics history.
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The symposium takes place at Tohisoo Manor, which is used as a local educational center in Kohila Village. Kohila is about 30 km from the capital, Tallinn. Tohisoo Manor House is walking distance from grocery stores, post office, bank, library, hardware, second-hand stores, bus and train station.