|KENTON BAKER - BEVERLY FISHER
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|The woodfiring kiln we designed and built on Cyprus was a very small
updraft kiln. The kiln was to be used as a model for an older style kiln that
was used on the island in making a certain type of pottery. The kiln is
mainly used for test purposes and bi-communal efforts by artists from the
north and south to come and work side by side in firing this kiln. The project
was originated by Polly Tessler. As you can see from the pictures, there
were few modern tools used during construction and for that matter, few
modern anything was used. Clay was dug, mixed and used on the kiln as
well as other found materials. We hope you find this little kiln interesting. It
was finished in April 2006 and still needs to be covered with insulation, the
hand made insulating castable mix we use on our kilns. We will update this
as we get more pictures ready.
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|We then added consecutive
rows, staggering the brick
and filling in the triangular
spaces with clay castable mix.
|The kiln is circular and all we
had were straight bricks. So
we started with the base by
placing the bricks like this.
|The first picture here
shows the firebox base
being started. Notice the
high tech advances in form
construction. Its all we had.
|Slivers of clay were used to hold the arch and then a castable clay mix was
used to make it solid as the second and third picture above here show.
The clay was cleaned off and smoothed out (not shown here).
|A bamboo support system was made
and a mound of sand hand smoothed
to create the curved floor. We curved
the floor to take extra stress and
weight rather than a level, straight floor.
|As the three pictures on the right
show, clay was placed over the
sand. Holes were made with super
duty plastic cups aged with red
wine. These holes allow flame to
pass through from the firebox into
the chamber. The pottery was
tumble stacked on this floor.
for the top
|All done except for the dome
at the top. This was made out
of clay castable material and
exit flue holes put in with plugs
to control the rate of draw.
The pictures below shows part
of the dome with the holes in it.
|Lastly the almost complete kiln. What
is still needed is the home made
castable insulation layer applied and
smoothed out. Then a coat of white
slip for aesthetic reasons. You can see
the firebox and loading door from this
|This page is still under construction so more pictures will be added as we get them
ready to upload.