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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.

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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

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