Friday, September 11, 2009
The Truro wood kiln, and a Texas teabowl
Dan Finnegan's been on the Cape for a week, teaching a wood-firing course out at the train kiln in Truro, built and owned by the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. Dee and I drove out to Truro this morning, at the distant eastern end of Cape Cod, to see the results of the 31-hour firing.
Finnegan will no doubt put a full report on his blog, but since I had the photos today, I thought I'd put a couple of them up for people to see. The train kiln was built a couple of years ago by Donovan Palmquist and a group of students. It sits on what used to be a U.S. Air Force radar installation on the sandy bluffs above the Atlantic Ocean.
We stayed only long enough to see a few pots come out. But what we saw looked like the kiln is doing pretty good work. It also looked like Phoenix and B-Mix clay take the fire and ash very well in this kiln.
I'll attach a few photos of the Truro opening - including Finnegan checking out a coil-built teapot by Jim Irvine and talking with Shelley Fenily about one of her pots just pulled from the chamber. I'll also attach a photo of a lovely little blue ash-glazed and crackle-slipped teabowl that arrived in the mail a couple of days ago from Brandon Phillips in Texas. We're trading teabowls, and a temmoku pot is headed his way right now. Thanks, Brandon, it's a very nice pot. The crackle works great with the ash glaze. It's already held my coffee for my last kiln-opening and Dee drank V-8 from it this morning.