the kiln and firing

My kiln is built with firebrick reclaimed from the boilers and furnaces of old factories around Winnipeg. After being carefully designed and constructed, the kiln was sealed with an earthen plaster.

102_2699 The kiln is fired for twenty four hours with trembling aspen thinned from my 44 acre woodlot. During the firing process, the kiln’s internal temperature climbs to thirteen hundred degrees Celsius. The clay then converts to stoneware and the glaze to glass. After the kiln cools for three days, I am finally able to open it and see the results of the entire process.