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CHESTER SPRINGS STUDIO WOOD KILN 

 

Pottery fired in dual-chamber noborigama kiln at Historic Yellow Springs in Chester County, Philadelphia area. Pottery fired in wood burning salt/soda kiln at Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs, Chester County.The Chester Springs Studio wood kiln is a two-chamber noborigama, constructed in 2014 during a workshop with artist, Jim Dugan.  The first chamber is fired solely with wood, and in the second chamber salt/soda is introduced.  The kiln reaches cone 10 over about 24 hours. Community participants reserve shares in the firing. There are 9 shares of space within the kiln, one share is 12″ x 24″ x 30″. Please contact Matt Wren at the Chester Springs Studio with questions in regard to  clay bodies, slips, and glazes suitable for the noborigama. All work must be bisque-fired.

 

Wood burning noborigama kiln, Historic Yellow Springs, Chester County, Philadelphia

Vase fired in noborigama dual chamber salt/soda kiln.

WOOD KILN FIRING GUIDELINES

  • Maximum of 1 share per person.
  • To commit to a share, email Matt at mwren@yellowsprings.org.
  • All participants must be available for each aspect of the firing. We glaze and wad pots on Friday afternoon/evening (1pm on). Load Saturday beginning at 9am, and fire from 1pm on Saturday to about 11am Sunday (if all goes according to plan).
  • One share earns you 2, 3-hour shifts at the kiln, or 6 hours. Participation in the loading, and most importantly the unloading, (unbrick door, unload pots, clean posts, grind shelves, wash shelves, sweep kiln pad, scoop out ashes, and in general put the kiln back the way it was when we started, takes about 3 hours.)
  • One share is 12″ x 24″ x 30″ of kiln stacking space. Bowl and plate, wait and wait, tall and thin gets in.

2021 WOOD KILN FIRING SCHEDULE

March 13-14: Suzanne Kent
March 20-21: MCCC and Saint Joes, Michael Connelly, Jill Allen, Ryan Wheeler
March 27-28: Susan Bankert
April 10-11: Jackie Henisee
Friday, April 16: Loading, unload following Friday. Allens Lane Art Center
May 1-2: Unload following Thursday. Marjorie/community group
May 8-9: Black Hound Clay Studio
June 5-6: Jessica Greet
June 26-27: Jackie Henisee
July 10-11: Community Firing
July 17-18: Jess Greet
August 14-15: Jessica Greet
August 28-29: Suzanne Kent
September 18-19: Susan Bankert
September 25-26: Community Firing
Friday, October 8: Loading: Allens Lane Art Center
October 23-24: Black Hound Clay Studio
November 6-7: Jackie Henisee
November 13: Susan Bankert

Available Shares: Community Firing July 9-11, unload following Thursday afternoon  (3 Shares Available)

If you are interested in reserving a firing, contact:
Matt Wren, Ceramic Studio Supervisor
Phone:  610.827.7414 ext. 21
Email: mwren@yellowsprings.org

 



COMMUNITY/MEMBERS KILN FIRING

Opening chambers of wood burning kiln at Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs.

Opening chambers of wood burning kiln at Chester Springs Studio.

Limit:9 participants
Instructor:
 Matt Wren, Wood Kiln Supervisor,
leads firings and oversees preparations
Location: Chester Springs Studio Ceramic Studio/Wood Kiln
Cost Per Share: $150 Member, $175 Nonmember
Available Shares: 9 shares (1 share is 12″ x 24″ x 30″)
Participants: Must sign up for firing shifts at Chester Springs Studio beginning Friday afternoon and be present for kiln unloading. Sign up sheet in Studio.


PROVIDED FOR EACH FIRING

Supplies: Slips, cone 10 glazes, wadding, cone packs, wood
Staff: Wood Kiln Monitor


CONTACT

Matt Wren, Ceramic Studio Supervisor
Phone:  610.827.7414 ext. 21
Email: mwren@yellowsprings.org

If you are interested in participating in a Community/Member firing, contact Matt Wren to confirm availability of shares. After confirming and reserving your space you may pay online, by check or in cash. Make checks out to: Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.

Online payment may be made here:

PAY NOW FOR KILN SHARE(S)

 


 

PRIVATE RENTAL PAYMENT (Full Kiln) 

Pottery fired in wood burning noborigama kiln at Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs.

Pottery fired in wood burning noborigama kiln at Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs.

We ask that a $450 deposit be made to hold the date of your firing, the remaining balance must be paid by check on the date of the firing or before by credit card over the phone. Checks are made out to: Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.

 

PRICING

Private Rental: $1400
Initial Deposit: $450

PRIVATE FIRINGS 

If you are interested in reserving a firing, contact:
Matt Wren, Ceramic Studio Supervisor
Phone:  610.827.7414 ext. 21
Email: mwren@yellowsprings.org

After confirming and reserving the kiln with Matt Wren, you may pay online, by check or in cash. Make checks payable to: Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.

Online payment may be made here:

PAY NOW FOR PRIVATE KILN RENTAL

 


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Wood Burning Dual-Chamber Noborigama Kiln During Construction

More about the kiln at Historic Yellow Springs in feature articles in: The InquirerMain Line Times