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horn island wood fire workshop

updated thu 21 jan 99


LOWELL BAKER on wed 20 jan 99

I have been invited to teach a workshop on Horn Island, Mississippi,
May 18-22. This workshop is being sponsored by the George Ohr Arts
and Cultural Center in Biloxi, MS. We will sail out to the island, where we wil
kiln. I have designed an experimental kiln that can be moved on a
boat, assembled, fired and removed from the site. I intend to fire
the kiln to stoneware temperatures using available driftwood. We
should get an interesting natural salting from the wood. I have
also proposed that we build a second low temperature/raku kiln which will
also fire with driftwood.

Participants will live on the island for the five days of the
workshop. Most meals will be provided. Conditions will be on the primative sid
Coast islands are beautiful that time of the year. I hear several
participants, in past years, have sailed out in their own boats and
lived aboard during the workshop. I plan to find a nice quiet harbor
on the leaward side of the island for my boat and eat a lot of
grilled sand shark during the week. The weather should be warm but
not too hot.

You can read an interesting account of the place in Walter Anderson's
"Horn Island Log".

I do not have any information on cost or number of participants at
this time. You can get this information by writing:

Annette Blocker
Geo. E. Ohr Arts and Cultural Center
136 G.E. Ohr Street
Biloxi, MS 39530

W. Lowell Baker
The University of Alabama