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10th Annual Pit Fire | Oct. 14, 2016, 5:30-9 p.m.

Pit Fire Event Map (PDF)

Pit Fire Festival

The 10th annual Cochise College Pit Fire Festival- produced by the Douglas campus Art Department- is inviting the public to discover a myriad of ceramics, sounds, tastes, and visual and performing artists starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Douglas Campus.

There will be bands, performances, art displays and vendors displaying their wares.

The pit fire festival is a celebration of the arts and all proceeds support the Cochise College Art Department and the clubs who participate as vendors.

The event is free to attend, but you can purchase a hand-crafted ceramic bowl for $10 to fill with gourmet soup, freshly made at the event by the college’s culinary arts club. 1000 ceramic bowls were each hand-made and uniquely crafted by an art student.

Lighting of Pit Fire around 7:00 p.m.

2016 Pit Fire Pottery Festival Lineup

 Main Stage Second Stage
  • The Mariachi Plata
  • Bluegrass Souls
  • Cirque Roots
  • Alma Dolores dance group
  • Samuel Vaughan
  • Ivy Local
  • Whiz! Bang! Chick’n Plucker Skiffle Band
  • Cochise College Dance Club (belly dance)
  • Lora Kerr
  • Cochise College Dance Club (hip-hop)
  • Diamondbaxx Shakes



to make your own pit fire vessel or to volunteer 520-417-4025

To become a vendor or a sponsor you can download, print, and fill out the correlating form.
Pit Fire Vendor Form (PDF)

Bring the whole family!
In its tenth year of occurrence, we would like to invite you to attend the Cochise College Pit Fire Festival 2016. With hundreds of attendees expected to attend this live event we will be celebrating the arts with live performances and workshops culminating in the main event of lighting the pit fire on the night of October 14.

Please bring your bisque ware if you would like to include your artwork in the pit fire. We are also inviting artists to submit their work in our international invitational by mailing their work from around the globe to be included in the pit fire.

Why Cochise College’s Pit Fire?
This event is an educational celebration of the arts and we are extending outreach to our community in hopes of making this happen for years to come.

More than just a pit fire, the Cochise College Pit Fire Festival represents the artistic expression of our global community. Bringing together 4,000 attendees this event gives you access to a committed and growing college network from all parts of Mexico, Arizona, California, and many other states.

This is an opportunity to reach a collective of college-educated students, instructors, and social influencers. You will have the opportunity for your brand to interact and engage with influential artists attending and speaking at the festival.

In its tenth year, the Cochise College Art Festival is the annual event for the community drawing in diverse artists in collaboration with local sounds, flavors, and talented performers.

Friends of the Art Department
Individuals who support the Cochise College Art Department financially automatically become members of the Friends of the Art Department. Members who have provided contact information receive the biannual “Accolade” magazine and may be invited to special events put on by the department. Funding supports scholarships, professional development, and equipment and supplies for the Art Department. Questions may be directed to the Cochise College Foundation.



View the 2015 Cochise College Pit Fire Festival Story
Pit Fire Pottery Festival Slideshow

Watch the 2013 Cochise College Pit Fire Festival Video from Lily’s Media

Watch the 2012 Cochise College Pit Fire Festival – Teaser Video by Stephen Crout.

Watch the 2010 Pit Fire Festival Documentary by Stephen Crout.

Watch the 2009 Pit Fire Festival Documentary by Stephen Crout.

Watch the “A Day in the Life of a Cochise College Pit Fire Pot” by Stephen Crout



We’ll see you at the Cochise College Ceramics Department at 4190 West Highway 80, Douglas, AZ 85607. The event is free to the public and runs from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14. Do you have questions, or want to participate? Call 520-515-5316.

Do you want to participate in the ceramic pit fire? Center for Life Long Learning is offering a special class spanning four Saturdays where you will immerse yourself in designing and building your own piece of pottery or clay sculpture. The final work will be included in this year’s pit fire. For more information and enrollment please contact Sharon Gilman at 520-515-5382.

Anyone needing an accommodation in order to attend should contact the Disability Services Office, 520-515-5337 or 520-417-4023, at least 72 hours in advance.