Firespeaking is currently represented by Max Edleson and Eva Edleson. We are dedicated to combining the inspiration of beauty with the precision and engineering of function in order to create magic and a continual reminder of the sacredness of daily life in our homes and public spaces. Our work can mostly be categorized as “architectural” with a strong emphasis on using natural building techniques and community involvement.
Max and Eva teach bi-annually at Aprovecho as well as offering other workshop opportunities. We also produce books and plan-sets to learn how to make ovens, heaters and more!
Max Edleson is a professional artist/builder who has worked and taught in the United States, Argentina, and Indonesia. He is dedicated to using naturally and locally available materials to create spiritually- uplifting and energy-efficient elements of homes and public spaces.
Over the last 15 years, Max has designed and built multiple cob, adobe and straw-bale buildings. He is a professional tile layer, mosaic artist, ceramicist and a mason of devices made for fire which include masonry heaters, baking ovens, various heating and cooking stoves, fireplaces and kilns. He is also a skilled round-pole timber framer.
Max enjoys cooking, gardening, making music, and sharing ideas about co-creating even better ways of living. Check out Max’s on-line journal to see more of what he’s up to…
Eva Edleson is a talented natural builder, cook, gardener, and craftswoman. As a builder with over 15 years of experience, she specializes in earthen wall systems, wood-fired ovens as well as in natural plasters and paint. She has taught over has trained and worked with many of the most-respected natural builders in North America, as well as Argentina. She has combined her own research and experiences into a successful natural building practice.
Eva has dedicated much of her life to nurturing and encouraging lively community. While living in Portland, Oregon, she was an instrumental visionary of the nationally-recognized Village Building Convergence. Now in its 16th year, the VBC become an example of urban revival through the strengthening of neighborhood communities and introduction of natural building and permaculture in the city landscape.
Eva’s love for the earth also manifest in her passion for gardening, cooking and craft. She has been an active gardener and is adept at many methods of food preservation. Besides making many great home-grown meals for her extended family, she both taught at and cooked for natural building workshops and other large gatherings. Her active mind and inspired hands are often engaging in crafts, herbal medicine, seed saving and music.