Monday, October 19, 2009

Kiln Building Update 10/17

We finally got back to normal days recently, and tried to focus on our kiln building. Our good friend, David Stuempfle has started building his new kiln in the beginning of October, and we have to hurry to get work done ours (so that we can help David). Last weekend, David came to help ours even he was really busy for his own. He also brought his kiln building team, Andres and Alex.
Andres Allik from Estonia is a professional kiln builder in Estonia and has designed and built many types of kilns in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, Iceland, and Germany. Mr. Allik is also an organizer of the Kohila International Wood firing festival which is held each summer in Estonia. He built STARworks Ceramics wood kiln in 2006.

If you are interested in STARworks Ceramics kiln building, go to:

Alex is a young potter lives in Asheville area, former Mark Hewitt's assistant, and originally from MA. He came down to David's kiln building, but he helped ours, too. Must be a too much work.
Anyway, we started working from 9am and kept working until 6pm, and we have finished the 2nd chamber arch, the 3rd chamber arch, exit flue foundation, and chimney foundation with concrete. In addition, they stopped by our house on Sunday morning and helped taking down wooden frame from the 2nd and the 3rd chambers. Now both arches are standing and look very good. It was amazing and much more work done than we could. I can't thank you enough.We are getting close to the end part. Gambatte!


cindy shake said...

Truly an international team effort! Thank you for sharing your pictures and your process. It is very impressive and inspiring.

deanandmartinpottery said...

Hi Takuro and Hitomi,

Kiln looks great. Those bars really made for a beautiful arch. Looks like you had some great help with this part of the build. Little Ken seems like he has everything under control.