mel jacobson on mon 11 apr 05
we are hopeful that we will build an
experimental..tiny wood fired kiln at hay creek this summer.
donovan palmquist...a dear friend, and just recently
married to one of our best hay creek potters...colleen riley,
has asked if he could build a baby anagama/wood fired kiln
with us this summer at the farm. some new ideas/
(donovan is one of the finest kiln builders in america.)
gee, would one guess we are excited?
if this can happen...and we find it to be the right
thing..we will have plans drawn up/maybe have mark elias
or some clayart cad expert / in cad form.
i think we are proving to magazine folks that kiln
plans are one of the most exciting features of any
magazine. the world is really getting excited about
small kilns...for the back yard. i know we can't build
this on west 57th street/NY, NY. you know that 10101
but, there are many rural potters that would love to
have a go at a small wood fired kiln.
i want others to join in here...send me ideas and plans
you may have. ideas.
i keep thinking of combinations of brick, cast, old brick
hard brick..junk brick and earth could give us a dandy
kiln that could be fired with small sticks to cone 12 or so.
stoking just a few times at night for the first night/ day
period, then kick it in the ass for twelve hours.
this could be the next great baby kiln.
we love our baby train...but it is a big kiln by
any standard...lots of bricks.
Hank Murrow on mon 11 apr 05
On Apr 11, 2005, at 6:12 AM, mel jacobson wrote:
> we are hopeful that we will build an
> experimental..tiny wood fired kiln at hay creek this summer. i want
> others to join in here...send me ideas and plans you may have. ideas.
Mel, I think this would be an excellent project to explore some of the
up-to-now under-published notions of kiln building. How about making
forms of wood and clay for casting stoking ports and their 'doors',
spys and their plugs, grate bars, and lintels out of ash-resistant
castable and using Fiber-Con stainless needles for re-inforcement? To
see these techniques published in both magazine and CD formats would
liberate many potters from the common 'stackofbricks' approach, and at
the same time work very well for many smaller kilns. Industry practice
has much to teach potters. Great designs are just waiting to be
imagined and built!
Let me know if I can help.
Cheers, Hank in Eugene