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Manabigama Kiln

MANABIGAMA KILN PROJECT

A Community Kiln  at Tyler Park Center for the Arts.

A group of dedicated potters, students and volunteers have built a Manabigama Kilnwhich translates from Japanese as a  beautiful  learning  kiln.Read more

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The Indiegogo fundraiser was a great success – we exceeded our goal with your generous contributions!

You can continue to donate to support this unique & collaborative community project as well as all else we do here at Tyler Park Center for the Arts through this website.

In a workshop atmosphere, where potters, artists, and community come together,we will collectively experience the worlds oldest firing technique. We will be firing up to 2400 degrees by stoking a flame every ten minutes for 12-16 hours. Stoneware and porcelain clays will reach a temperature where they become somewhat molten. It is then that ash from the burning embers travels through the kiln and sticks to the pottery. Wood ash containing silica melts at high temperatures and forms a glass like surface on areas of the ware inside the kiln. Where the ash does not land the flame touches up against the clay leaving its mark. The kiln, weighing approximately 6 tons is made of refractory fire brick. Each brick will be laid by hand and mortared together.

This kiln will be a permanent fixture in Tyler State Park lasting years and experienced by many. Students from nearby high schools and colleges, professional artists, and adult students will come from all over our region to participate in the process of wood firing.  Please call 267.218.0290 or email  woodkiln@tylerparkarts.org

video by Christian Roebling

“The qualities unique to wood fired ceramics result from a complex drama involving human intention, material properties, and a factor best known as The Life of the Fire.” Jack Troy

Manabigama Kiln Firings

This kiln will be a permanent fixture in Tyler State Park lasting years and experienced by many. Students from nearby high schools and colleges, professional artists, and adult students will come from all over our region to participate in the process of wood firing.  Please call 267.218.0290 or email  woodkiln@tylerparkarts.org

Firing The Manabigama at Tyler Park Center for the Arts

Fully mentored group workshops are available in our Manabigama Wood Fired Kiln. This is a great option for guilds and groups of potters who want to be fully involved in the process of firing their work.

The Firing Workshop encompasses three days. Depending on the density of the stack, one or more days will be allotted for cooling of the kiln. ***All glazing must be completed before arriving for Day 1 of The Firing Workshop. ***

A Glazing Workshop can be scheduled before each firing. Read more

General Kiln info:
Our Manabigama has approximately 30 cubic feet of stacking space.
Depending on size of the ware, an estimated 100-300 average sized pieces can be loaded into the kiln. The ware chamber accommodates four stacks of 4-5 shelves.
Each shelf is 24″ x 12″ with the height being determined as we load.

Fired Results, description of each of the 4 stacks.

Front Stack. Fires to cone 12+. The ware in the front of the kiln receives heavy ash and requires no glaze. This is a great place for sculptural forms, bottles, and covered jars. Glazed ware will not be loaded in the front of the kiln. (Slipware is ok).

Middle 2 Stacks. Fires to cone 10-11. A medium amount of ash accumulates in the middle of the kiln with areas for beautiful flashing. Pieces with interior glaze can be loaded here.

Rear Stack. Fires to cone 9-10.
The rear stack is quieter with nice flashing and is the best place for glazeware.

Workshop Timeline.
Day 1 Loading the Kiln: This takes about 8 hours to accomplish, so be prepared to stay all day. We will be working in shifts, but it is recommended that participants be present throughout the day.

Participants arrive with their bisqued and glazed ware. *No Greenware will be loaded! No glazing during loading! All ware will be unpacked and layer out onto 4 tables, each table represents one kiln stack. At this time we will be determining stack placement.

Each member of the group will be guided through the processes of wadding their work, loading the kiln, and bricking up the door.

Day 2 Fire Kiln. * 16-24 hours: Depending on density of ware and stack, the firing will last for 16-24 hours. Preheat will start between Midnight and 3 am. Serious stoking begins at 6am. We will be working in 2 hour shifts, each shift will need 3 participants. Sign up will happen in advance and be confirmed on Day 1.

Day 3 Unloading: Unloading and clean up will take Most of the day. Please be prepared to stay till the end. All participants will work to clean and rewash the Kiln and Shelves. We will unload the kiln by stack and place ware on 4 tables to display and learn from. You may also spend time looking at pots and having an informal critique.

Manabigama Wood Fire Kiln

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The Wood Fired Surface

with Gloria Kosco

Wednesday August 20th 5-8 pm

Before each community wood firing, a glazing opportunity will be offered.

Noon – 1pm - Slide presentation and discussion on the possibilities presented with a Wood Fired Kiln. Free for All.

1-4pm -Glazing Workshop - Further discussion will be presented on clay, glazes, slips for the wood kiln atmosphere.   Read more

Glazes for the will be available for students to work with.  Participants can bring enough bisque ware to fill approximately two cubic feet of space. (If time allows, you may glaze more.).  All ware for this workshop must be made of clay that fires to cone 9 or higher.

Willingness to experiment is a must.

 

Glazing Workshop  Wednesday August 20th 5-8 pm

$45

$35 members  

Questions? or Registration - Please call 267.218.0290 or email woodkiln@tylerparkarts.org

Please Submit a Registration Form