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Manabigama Kiln Firings

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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.

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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