Clay Man’s Capsule




When I visit schools, the children run up to me calling out “clay man”. I was in high school when I worked for my teacher at his shop throwing planters and knew I wanted to be a potter from when I was 13. I’ve built three wood kilns at the Penryn Workshop, the Time Capsule, a one chamber salt, and a five chamber noborigama known as Big Mama.

The Time Capsule is a noborigama kiln with a front chamber for unglazed ware and a back chamber used more for glazed work. It’s been fired almost 100 times and has included the work of Peter Voulkos, Janet Mansfield, Rudy Autio, Catherine Hiersoux, Otto and Vivika Heino, Paul Soldner and many others.

The bricks we take down from the chimney are bricks Daniel Rhodes gave me to build my first kiln and will be going to my long-time firing partner’s house to build an anagama near Mendocino, CA. Northern California has become a major hub for wood firing with an abundance of kilns and many talented artists.

The thought of not opening the kiln occurred to me quite a few years ago and it took over a year to construct the sculpture and pottery that went in. Now that it is fired, once it is uncovered, natural moss and plants should begin to camouflage the mound.

The thought of not opening the kiln occurred to me quite a few years ago and it took over a year to construct the sculpture and pottery that went in.


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