Rebuilding our Kilns
The kilns are the life-blood of the Potters' Guild. Ours were originally built over 25 years ago and are getting tired. The bricks from which they are built shrink with repeated firings and eventually the structure starts to weaken and it gets harder to maintain consistent atmospheres for firings. It was time to rebuild! We will be rebuilding both the large car kiln and the soda kiln. This will also result in greater fuel efficiency.
We are honored and grateful to have received a matching grant of $13,144 from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council to help fund rebuilding the car kiln to get it back in peak condition as well as to lessen the carbon footprint of our firings.
We are in the process of getting the project on the calendar, but work will be completed by fall of 2023. While it doesn't look like it, a kiln is a finely tuned structure that allows us to control minute aspects of the firing to achieve specific results and the quality of ware for which the Guild is known. Thankfully, we will will be in experienced hands. In coming months we'll post the progress here.