Cowichan Valley Clay is currently inviting proposals to host cob oven workshops this summer. I’m looking to add some more workshops to this summer’s lineup. I have time in July for one, maybe two workshops. If you’ve been thinking of building a wood-burning cob oven for baking your own artisan pizzas and hearth loaves, for entertaining family and friends, or to augment your small business’s operations, this may be your opportunity!
Ideally I am seeking to partner with individuals, families or organizations who would like to build an oven but who cannot afford the full price of hiring me (usually around $4000-$6000 for a complete oven build). Ideal hosts also are in a high visibility location where lots of people are passing by/through. Maybe you’re a small organic farm, a community space or social hub that hosts events, or you’re just a social butterfly who hosts lots of gatherings where friends and family can appreciate your fine taste in cob ovens and your mastery of the culinary arts.
I’m willing to hold workshops on Vancouver Island only, from Campbell River to Victoria including Gulf Islands. We can build anything from a simple stand-alone cob oven to a full-on outdoor kitchen.
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN HOSTING A WORKSHOP?
-Enthusiastic capacity to host 10-15 workshop participants in the space for the duration of the workshop (this includes parking, access to washrooms, drinking water, could also include camping on-site for multi-day workshops with out-of-town participants).
-Ability to cover the cost of materials for the oven. Hosting a workshop does not mean you get a free oven, it means you get an oven built at a greatly reduced cost, with most of the labour completed during the workshop. Oven materials include things like stone, sand, clay, firebrick and oven doors, and can cost anywhere from free to $500 depending on your resourcefulness. Sometimes I can direct you to sources of low-cost salvaged materials or have surplus leftovers from other projects that I can provide to you at a reduced cost.
-While I always do my best to ensure the quality of the end product, the fact is that the oven is being built by learners in a learning environment. I supervise all work and often re-do some participants’ work after the workshop. If you require absolute perfection, this may not be for you.
-Typically I cover workshop marketing, however if you have an extended social network, community of followers or client base that we can access to promote the event, all the better.
I invite you to get in touch and submit a proposal if this all sounds like a good fit. Please send an email including a brief description of your vision for the project, the facilities on site, your plan for acquiring the necessary materials, and a bit about what makes you an ideal candidate to host a workshop. I will be accepting proposals until the end of April.
Looking forward to hearing from you,