Gas Car Kiln, 2008
Robert built this kiln in 2008 after deconstructing his previous kiln built in 1977. He made many improvements over his previous gas kiln.
The gas kiln at Robert's studio is used primarily for bisque firing, as most of his work is fired in one of his wood fired kilns. However, he does high fire the gas reduction kiln to touch up pots that may have been under-fired, or had un-melted ash deposits from the wood kiln. He also uses the gas car kiln for special glazes such as Copper Red or Carbon Trapped Shino.
The large 6" wheels on this cart allow it to be rolled in and out of the kiln easily using a metal handle that screws into the frame. Robert's previous gas car kiln had 4" wheels and it was necessary to winch the cart in and out.
Gas Car Kiln, 1977-2007
Firing The Kiln
When Robert built his first wood kiln in 1993, the use of the gas kiln changed and began being used primarily for bisque firings. It was fired over 500 times during its tenure at the pottery.
The kiln in 2002 during a reduction glaze firing.
Unloading The Kiln
After the firing the glazed pots show the variety of reduction in the kiln chamber.
The darker reds show the areas of the kiln that experienced more "reduction of oxygen" during the firing.
Gas Salt Kiln, 1994-2000
Alpine, Fast Fire and Wood Cross Draft Kilns
Gas Fired Two Chamber Kiln, 1974-1977
This was Robert's first kiln at his Bristol studio. Constructed entirely of insulating fire brick, it incorporated a two chamber design. The waste heat from the first chamber was used to bisque fire green ware in the second chamber.