GALLERY: Wood-fired kiln opened
- Published: May 1, 2011
After days of stoking the fires, the new wood-fired “manabigama,” or beautiful-teaching kiln at John Bryan Community Pottery was opened to reveal its pottery treasures within.
The fire was started at 4 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, and reached the critical temperature of 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit at 10 p.m. that night. According to studio tech Geno Luketic, at that temperature the silica in the wood ash melts and coats the ceramic pieces.
“One major benefit of wood is that the aesthetic is unique when you don’t have to glaze and the wood ash flies up,” said Luketic. “We really want to make it that kind of thing where potters can experiment with firing.”
Last Saturday at the ceremonial lighting, Rick Godwin was honored for donating the bricks that eventually became the kiln.
Potter Lisa Wolters created an especially large piece to commemorate the occasion, which read:
The world, an entity out of everything, was created by neither gods nor men, but was, is and will be eternally living fire, regularly becoming ignited and regularly becoming extinguished. – Heraclitus
Click on a thumbnail to scroll through a gallery (Photos by Megan Bachman)
Footage by Dianne Collinson
For more information, visit: http://www.communitypottery.com/