Up All Night at the Wood Kiln

May 26, 2014

It’s been too long, GlogWorld!

This past week my Ceramics 2 class fired the wood kiln that is located down by the barn. Doesn’t sound too complicated, right? Wrong! This student-made kiln requires 24 hours of attention (and I am not a night owl). Adding wood, turning over and taking out coals, adjusting the chimney flue to put the kiln into different reductions at certain temperatures, and story telling is all  part of the experience.

Why the wood kiln?

1. It’s a great experience/skill to have. It introduces you to pottery before propane
2. The glaze comes out differently- more matte
3. The clay itself turns a speckly-brown
4. It’s a great time!

Here are some photos:

7a.m. and we're still going

7a.m. and we’re still going

it was a long night for Connor

it was a long night for Connor

Stoking the fire

Stoking the fire

I don't think that smoke looks very healthy for inhalation... ?

I don’t think that smoke looks very healthy for inhalation… ?

Jay taking out some coals

Jay taking out some coals

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