Butterfly Kiln

 

It's the wood-fired pot that most appeals to us. The ash, the flash, the depth of color … even the 'feel' of the pot is affected by the heat and kiss of a wood-fed flame.

Just months into a beginner's pottery class we were offered the opportunity to wood-fire and we immediately became enamored by the kilns, the pots, the potters, and the process of wood firing.

Had we been introduced to clay before our hair turned gray, we might have started slower, and smaller, and maybe pursued a formal art-education prior to purchasing wheels and building a kiln. Suffice to say, when we realized we both had a passion for pottery, we agreed to pursue it with fervor. Learn as we go!

We built a three chamber anagama/noborigama kiln, which is a Japanese style multi-chambered climbing kiln. Our building plan was conceived by Stan Burgess, loosely based on Kevin Crowe's kiln design. The first firing, led by Kevin Crowe, was in March 2011.

Firing the kiln

Firing preparation and loading

Building the kiln

Unloading