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Wood Kiln Firing

Glazing – Friday October 7th (1pm – 6pm)

Loading Kiln – Saturday October 8th

Begin Firing – Saturday Evening October 22nd

Firing through Sunday October 23rd

Tentative unload – Friday October 29th

This is a great opportunity to bring bisque fired work and  glaze work for the current firing.

Bring bisque fired work. Glazes & slips will be available. Cost: $5 per cu. ft. See more for firing cost options.

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Please register below – and bring your willingness to experiment!

Firing Costs.
Pricing includes: 1 cord of wood, wadding, cones.
Pricing does not include glaze. Glazing workshops can be scheduled before a firing. No glazing is permitted during the loading of the kiln. All work loaded into our kiln must be bisque fired.

Firing Costs by the Cubic foot:
There are several options for participation.

Option 1: Involves full participation in the loading/firing/unloading and cleaning of shelves! Each participant is required to sign up for a 4 hour stoking shift,(minimum* we work with all abilities and consider personal limitations).
$40.00 per cubic foot of space.* Each kiln shelf is 12″ x24″
One shelf of space, @6″in height=1cu.ft.
*Participation in a firing involves being part of the process from loading to firing and complete clean up. (see Process for details).

Option 2: A no work option. This option is for those who wish to drop off their work without attending the firing.
$60.00 per cubic foot of space.* One shelf of space, @6″in height=1cu. Each kiln shelf is 12″ x24″
Bisqued work is arranged to be dropped off. Advanced arrangements must be made! We will wad, load, fire and unload your work.

Time slots are 5 hours long, actual stoking time is 4 hours. You will be observing for the first and last half hours of your scheduled time. This observation time is important as it informs the new stokers of everything they need to know about the kiln and its progress. This observation process is for everyone, even if you are a seasoned stoker.  Questions? or Registration – Please call 215-651-9122 or email woodkiln@tylerparkarts.org

Please note, signing up for a time slot is a commitment! You must arrive on time and stay the entire shift. We will always have enough people per shift as to be considerate of physical limitations. Stoking is calmer and the atmosphere is cooler during the first three shifts.

 Mentored Workshops: Fully mentored group workshops are available. This is a great option for guilds and groups of potters who want to be fully involved in the process of firing their work. Participants arrive with their bisqued and glazed ware. Each member of the group will be guided through the processes of wadding their work, loading the kiln, bricking up the door, firing the kiln, unloading the kiln, and cleaning their work.
Current cost for renting the entire kiln is $1200.

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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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