Brick by Brick: A brief History of Clay Bricks from Kansas, USA
Let’s face it – bricks are boring. They are rectangular, made of clay, and simply used as literal ‘building’ blocks for utilitarian purposes. I thought this way for decades. I have used fire-bricks to build gas, sagger, wood, and raku kilns. Aside from the sprung arch I used in most of my constructions, the basic body of the kilns was usually a clay cube. I changed my mind when I taught a workshop in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in 2004.