Firing a pottery kiln with wood is strenuous work. The wood must be collected, processed and stored, and the kiln fired for many hours with near constant vigilance by the potters.

So why fire a pottery kiln with wood?

Because the wood-fired kiln promotes the unexpected and the miraculous. After many hours of stoking and tending the kiln, we reach the high stoneware temperatures. Rivers of flame and ash from the firebox course through the kiln, promoting near magical events. Ash falling on clay surfaces begins to melt and fuse with the applied glazes & slips, and the flame flowing through the ware chamber touches the pottery, leaving it tinged with grays, oranges or a subtle fire-tone that defies description.

Again, why fire with wood?

Because the process of wood firing draws potters together in a special way. The preparation for a firing and the labor of stoking the kiln demands collaboration. The kiln becomes a focal point for a small community of people who share a love of clay and fire. I value this collaborative effort, this community-making activity; and I am thankful for the bonds formed.