Rooted in Clay studio is open to visitors! You may stop by and catch Shana at work making pinched pottery....

Teaching & Education

Shana Brautigam is listed on the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Arts in Education and Community Arts Roster. ....

About Rooted in Clay

Firing with wood, the flames travel throughout the kiln, touching each pot and creating a range of beautiful earth tones and surface effects......

Wood Fired Ovens

Outdoor Wood-fired Ovens, workshops available upon request!


Brick and cob (mix of clay, sand, and straw)

Shana has built many wood-fired ovens, including one at South Meadow School, The Well School, The Meeting School, and the Norway Hill kids garden. She has three ovens on site at Rooted in Clay pottery. She bakes sourdough bread in her wood-fired oven weekly, and loves sharing these skills and baked goods with others! Shana is available to teach workshops in oven building and help get others started on their own backyard projects. Please contact her for details, availability, and pricing.


Rooted in Clay Bakery, Mobile trailer oven

This oven was built on a trailer so it could travel the road and bake at other locations and events. The interior of the oven is all firebrick, with a capping of cob. This oven design allows for a continual fire to burn in a firebox to the side, while pizza bakes on a raised hearth. Built in 2009, the oven has travelled to venues around New England. Pictured above, the oven is now parked at Rooted in Clay studio.  In the background in a small cob oven, built during a one day workshop in June 2011. 


Norway Hill Kids Garden, Hancock NH

This cob oven was built in the summer of 2008 with Kin Schilling and her "Garden Gorillas" group. The 6-10 year old kids participated in mixing and applying the cob over a period of 6 weeks. At the end, everyone got to enjoy wood-fired pizza with fresh veggies from the garden on top.

Visit to learn more about Kin's organic gardening with children.


The Well School Ecovillage, Peterborough NH

During the project weeks in May/June 2009, Shana worked with a group of 12 students from The Well School to build this brick/cob oven. A large flat rock was moved to the site and placed in the ground for the foundation. The bricks were laid over a wooden arch form, and coated with several inches of cob.