Thank you to Linda Soon, one of our MCC students, for these wonderful photos of the last kiln firing.
Yary loading one of his pieces into the kiln. With more than half the kiln loaded, space is getting tight. This traditional Cambodian wood fire kiln takes about 14 hours to reach 2400 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s exhausting feeding the kiln multiple wood logs per minute … Continue reading Kiln Loading…
The Folk Festival firing was a success by any measure. The kiln reached cone 11 in all areas, front, back, high and low within the ware chamber. 90% of the wares fired perfectly. Congratulations to John and Yary for this impressive achievement.
Yary & John Kondra fired up the kiln for the Lowell Folk Festival visitors. They started at 5 a.m. with the goal of making this a slow fire extending to 12 or 14 hours, but there was a soft breeze and a supply of long burning dry wood, the kiln steadily climbed to 2,300 degrees by 3:30 p.m. John managed the firing for much of the time while Yary demonstrated his throwing and carving techniques for appreciative crowds.