NC Woodfire PreHeat Special Exhibit: Kazegama Women
May 20 @ 10:00 am - June 26 @ 5:00 pm
The “Kazegama Women” participating in this exhibit are Sarah Wells Rolland, Lori Theriault, Julia Mann, Katie Meili Messersmith, Judi Harwood, Christine Henry, Ruth Fischer Rutkowsky, Lindsey Mudge, and Karen Dubois. Our invited guest is potter Jim McDowell.
Kazegama means ‘Wind’ in Japanese, and the Kazegama kiln is an alternative to the traditional woodfire kilns. The kiln is fired with propane or natural gas, and introduction of wood ash and soda ash creates a strong atmospheric aesthetic. Many of the traditions of woodfire are followed: pots are wadded, side-stacked and/or tumble stacked for optimum ash results, and the wood ash and soda ash are sprayed into the kiln at 2300 degrees to create a magic result you would never know was not fired in a more traditional kiln. It really has to be seen to be believed!
The special exhibit will open the week of the Pre-Fire Conference and will remain up through June and is open to the public daily from 10am-5pm.