Firings 2012 - click on the links for the info for each firing. Registration for each firing begins on specific dates. For those
who would like to sign up, please email me on the registration dates,
as the firings will fill extremely fast (sorry, no early sign ups).
May 2010 - invited participants only - FULL
November 2012 - open for signups
Shift Sign Ups for March 2010 Firing (not updated yet...)
These are the
rules of the game, so to speak. I'll be scheduling two days to help
cut and stack wood and prepare the kiln for each of the firings,
and you must help to have a space in the firing. This means
showiing up for the full day of work.
If you sign
up to fire, you must:
in one work day for cutting wood and/or in preparing the kiln. If
you don't show up, you're not in the firing!
2. get your work to the site by the day before we begin loading.
(If you can't get it there on time, then it's not going in)
3. participate in all three days of loading the kiln
4. sign up for the requisite number of shifts (4)
5. participate in the unloading and cleanup of the kiln.
To remind everyone,
a share equals approximately 10 cubic feet, give or take- and it
is for the entire kiln, not just the anagama (roughly the size of
a pallet with pots that are a foot tall). Also, for those who haven't
fired with us, if you make pots that generally fall within the standard
post sizes (4 1/2", 6 3/4", 9", 13 1/2", 18"), you have a better
chance of getting things in. In the salt kiln, the bottom floor
stacking space is 9", and we always have trouble filling it. So
take the hint, and you'll get more work in! Also, larger open bowls,
plates, etc. have a harder time getting in, the kiln just doesn't
want to stack that way. Plates are OK if you can stack them for
the firing, but not as separate pieces. Taller, narrower pots work
well in many places. LARGER POTS GET LOADED ONLY IF SPACE IS ADEQUATE.
the anagama and the back chambers
tore down the secret chamber, salt chamber and the chimney this
past summer. Thanks to Anna and Nate, my two assistants, who gave
it their all with the sledge hammer.
photos of the teardown
the back chambers this summer and fall, adding another four feet
of firing space to the anagama chamber, which will help with draft
and will increase the amount of work that can be fired in that chamber.
We took off the secret chamber, and instead, added a larger second
chamber which will be for soda and salt. This chamber is about 100
cubic feet, so there is a lot more space for pots. We've also added
a smaller third chamber, about 35 cubic feet, which is also for
soda and salt.
The new kiln
was fired in November 2005 and it was the best firing yet. Great
temperature throughout and beautiful ash deposits and color in all
chambers. This monster's a beaut!
photos of the rebuild
General Info For Wood Kiln Participation
artists and students from all over the country to participate in
the firings. Schools that have participated in the past include
the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, the Rhode Island School
of Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Bennington College,
Skidmore College, Salve-Regina University, Harvard University, Dartmouth
High School, Barnstable High School and New Canaan High School in
may bring as much work as they like, but we will load each persons
"share" of 10 cubic feet first. Any extra work might find
its way in. Work from all participants gets loaded into the kiln,
and every consideration is given to insure that everybody gets equal
space. The kiln is loaded by both a shelf and a tumble-stack method,
and consequently, the shape and size of the pieces often determine
where and how it is stacked in the kiln. It is important to be
present during the loading cycle to help insure that your work gets
loaded where you would like it. Work may be designated to be
loaded in any of the chambers. All work must be removed from the
site at the end of the firing.
The kiln has
three chambers: the tube kiln, approximately 300 cubic feet of stacking
space; the large salt chamber, approximately 100 cubic feet; and
the smaller salt chamber, approximately 35 cubic feet of stacking
space. We use about five to six cords of wood for the firing. More
All of the firing fees are nonrefundable. Because of the lead
time needed to purchase wood and the commitment of the participants
in both their studio work and personal scheduling for the firing
of the kilns, if you pay for your space and back out, you must forfeit
your fee. Your emergency is not mine, and by backing out of the
firing you leave all of us in a precarious situation, in scheduling
shifts and manning the firing.
must help in the loading, firing and cleanup of the kiln:
- You may
bring as much work as you like (we load as much as possible).
- You must
sign up for the designated work shifts during the firing (time
length and number of shifts may vary depending on number of participants).
- You must
help with both the loading and cleanup of the kiln.
- A nonrefundable
fee is charged per person, which varies with each firing and number
of participants. Fee's for the upcoming kiln will be posted three
months prior to the firing.
fee will be charged for high school participation. The fee will
be dependent upon the number of students and their participation
in the firing. Please contact us to discuss the rate.
If you are
interested in participating in the firings, please contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org for further
information. The participant list fills quickly, so early sign-up