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I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to design and build a number of
kilns during my career as an artist. The
photos below illustrate
the fourth wood kiln I have built and the second catenary arch kiln I have built.
The design is based of Mary Roehm's kiln at SUNY New Paltz in New York
which I saw back in 1994. This is also the first time I have been responsible
for every aspect of a kiln building project from start to
Building the roof. Actually I didn't have to build the roof or
pour the pad, but this is the first time I was responsible for all
aspects of the kiln.
started with the design process. Next I had to work with the architect
to ensure the concrete pad would support the kilns weight and that a
roof would cover the kiln safely. The pole barn structure matches the
construction of the studio.
spent several weekends building the foundation and are almost ready to
start building the arch form.
background you can see the rather large pile of wood collected for
we have the arch in place!
are the 3 primary air ports for the right side of the kiln and the
tiny grate holes just above for the firebox rebar grating.
you can see we have the chimney up and are completing the front and
back walls of the kiln. The tarp is in place to protect the
fireclay mortar from washing away until we cover the kiln with fiber
and a castable coating.
Next: Firing the wood kiln.
© 2005. Daryl