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A kiln built around a car.
In the first weekend in July 2005, the 10th International Ceramics
Festival was held in Aberstwyth, Wales.
Building the Car Kiln
Firing the Car Kiln
I was invited to demonstrate
building and firing of my Car Kiln. The body of a Vauxhall Vectra
minus the engine, seats and windows. Basically, all I was left
the shell of the car.
The car body was raised onto a base of breeze
leaving space so that a firebox at the front would connect into
body through a space below the dashboard.
Paint drums were filled
pots and with different types of combustible like wood, sawdust
charcoal before being packed into the "kiln".
we covered the
windows and windscreen with chicken wire before covereing the
structure with layers of magazine sheets dipped in slurry. It
wood-fired for several hours.
Apart from the obvious take-off
meaning of Car kiln it is also a dramatic development of the
technique. This follows on from Le Four Mobile or kiln made from
shopping trolley and the Mangagama or kiln made from Japanese
We also explore the more spectacular nature of the
ceramic process and
allow for the particapatory aspect of loading and firing a wood
develop in a more easy going context.
Pieces were decorated with
salts and terra siggilata.