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Built in the spring of 2005 the Lynn Kiln is a 250 cubic foot anagama style wood burning kiln. Each firing is a two week process beginning with 3 days of loading, then 4 days of firing and 7 days of cooling. The actual firing portion of the kiln involves stoking wood about every 5-10 minutes around the clock. During a firing we burn about four cords of wood which is harvested from dead fall on our property and also collected from a friendís arborist business. The kiln is fired between 4 and 6 times each year producing roughly 300 finished pieces per firing.
Firing with wood creates a unique effect on each clay piece making every item one-of-a-kind. The pieces are fired without glaze leaving the resulting coloration on the pieces to be created during the loading and firing process. A combination of flashing from the flame and melting wood ash that collects as a dust in the early stages of the firing are kept in mind when placing each piece in the kiln. Additionally, most functional pieces are lined with natural soybean, oat straw or wood ash glazes to ensure a smooth surface that is easy to clean. We also use specially formulated clay bodies to enhance the dramatic effects of the process. The results can range from subtle to dramatic making the unloading of the kiln very exciting!
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