About the Kiln

I would like to thank the following people who have so willingly helped me with this project: Durham Arts Council for the Emerging Artist Grant, Sandy and Susanna Stewart, Will Ruggles, Joe and Cristy Cole, Joseph Sands, Julie Tinsley Jones, Peter Holzman and Dian Gillis, Jim O’Keefe, Aaron Weaver, Taylor Fisher, Eryn Prospero, many others have helped by being patient with my questions and inquiries.
 

Design

The kiln was originally drawn up by my friend Joe Cole, of Windy Ridge Pottery. We sent the drawing to Will Ruggles of Rock Creek Pottery in Bakersville NC. Will generously used his expertise to finish and add a lot more to the original plan. Borrowing some design concepts from an earlier kiln which Will had helped with (the Bandana Pottery kiln) we ended up with a powerful kiln which fires very efficiently and evenly. It is comfortable to load and very responsive to minor adjustments that we make throughout the firing process. The kiln is around 175 cubic feet so it typically takes me 3 months to fill.

As of 2015

The Kiln has sat idle for five years, during which time the elements have taken a toll on the kilns structural integrity, therefore some badly needed repairs and upgrades were in order before we were able to fire for the 2015 holiday kiln opening:

 start of kiln shed addition in order to keep rain from further damaging the outer shell of the kiln

Raising of the timber bent that Jim made together with friend Jed Greenberg several years ago, originally meant to be the structural framing for the entire kiln shed.

In the background this picture shows major damage to the right side of kiln from rain water over the previous five years eating away at the kiln's outer shell.

Roof framing begins using salvaged long leaf pine 2X4's that were taken out of our 100 year old farm house during recent house renovations.

Roof framing complete, ready for the tin

Showing the damaged outer shell of the kiln, (Thanks to help from fellow area potter Daniel Johnston www.danieljohnstonpottery.com ), we received instruction on how to properly repair the kiln thereby providing a durable outer coating which will allow the kiln to survive long into the future.

With the help of Lara's dad we were able to give the initial protective coating to the kiln over one weekend.

A second layer of protective coating will be applied to the kiln and lower portion of the chimney after the holiday kiln opening.

From the Firing November 2015

Building of the Kiln 

(Previous to 2015)

Here are some photos of building the kiln that speak for themselves!