Svend is packing the new kiln ; the firing is scheduled for this coming week end. The kiln floor which is covered with sand got very damp so Svend will start a very slow fire on Thursday, keeping the temperature to around 100C for 24 hours to prevent the pots from exploding.
The plan is to fire for 72 hours this time, but things may well change.
Sadly, I (Brigitte) will miss the first firing but I will be around for the opening so there may be photos of the pots coming out of the kiln. Watch this space …!
Bjorn, Svend’s son, took the beautiful photos below.
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Svend is making lots of pots to fire in the new kiln. The pottery is slowly filling up, planks are loaded with raw pots waiting to be bisque fired.
Svend never used to bisque fire his pots, but he has been doing it for a few years now since he became interested in Japanese and Chinese glazes. His glazes mainly consist of Celadons, Shinos and Tenmokus but every firing produces a different result, so nothing is ever the same.
A biscuit kiln is on the cards, but until he has made his mind up about his kiln design, Svend has access to an electric kiln at the Kigbeare Studios and Gallery in Kigbeare near Okehampton.
Below, the pots have arrived at Kigbeare, some safely, some not…
An electric kiln at Duckpool cottage is out of the question, so the biscuit kiln will either be fired with propane gas or wood, depending on which is the most economic source of fuel.
In the meantime, the raw pots have to be transported by car to Kigbeare, which is not really practical and breakage is inevitable as shown below.
Below are a few photos of Svend’s stand at Hatfield.
Photography by Philip Rhodes – Kigbeare Studios
Svend will be giving a Masterclass at Kigbeare Studios, near Okehampton in Devon, 6th to 8th September 2013. Please visit the Kigbeare website for more details.
Deairing the clay
Centering the clay
Forming the belly
Forming the belly
Forming the neck. Making a tool with the fingers.
Checking the proportions.
Making the spout
Jug waiting for the handle.
Pulling the handle
As promised, here are some more photos of the kiln building in progress.
Building of the door and its arch
Starting on the door
Svend checking the angle of the brick with the arch.
Tight fit for the bricks and the arch.
The door and its arch are in place. The cracks have been filled with castable.
The kiln is taking shape
The area around the kiln has been cleaned. The kiln has been covered with castable and has been rendered. The old kiln used to have a kind of well in which we used to drop for stoking. This time, there will be a flat surface from which to stoke. The well has been filled with rubble and is awaiting some concrete.
All the photos below have been taken by Bjorn Bayer, Svend’s son.
Kiln taking shape
The kiln is nearly finished. Svend will use the stoke holes covers from the old kiln. He has made the door blocks out of castable. The floor will be covered with sand. He now just needs to make pots and we’ll be ready to fire soon.
A glimpse into Svend’s world
Having pulled down his small kiln about two years ago, Svend began a new one last autumn. He built the floor, the tube from the kiln to the chimney, the bottom half of the chimney and the wooden former for the kiln itself, before other priorities took over.
Brigitte, Sally and Svend firing the big kiln in 2012.
This April, Svend took up where he had left off last year. The kiln is very nearly finished. The chamber is up, the door is in, the insulating layer is on, the sand floor is down and the chimney has been completed. The castable blocks for the door have also been made.The kiln has to dry and then it can be fired. Now Svend just needs to make some pots.
Above are pictures of pots fired in the previous small kiln below.
The old small kiln
The new small kiln under construction
Former being removed
Detail of the components of the former
Detail of former.
Taking down the former
Kiln in construction
The formers and the laths will have to have all the nails removed.
The tube between the main chamber and the chimney
More in the next article…