About Cambodian "smoke less" woodfire kiln project
On this blog one can follow events at Yary's Kiln, 220 Aiken St. Lowell, MA, with photos and interviews; find out when the kiln will be fired; learn how to sign up for workshops, to visit, view exhibits or find sales of traditional Cambodian woodfire pottery.
Master ceramist Yary Livan, expert in Cambodian traditional pottery, embodies the tradition with artistry and excellence. He lives and works in Lowell, MA.
Yary is one of only four master ceramists to survive the Khmer Rouge Genocide, one of only two still actively creating pottery. People and institutions in Lowell came together to build a Cambodian style wood fire kiln to help insure that this art
form, which dates back to the Angkor Kingdom, can continue and flourish.
Proeung Kang, master ceramist and professor at the Secondary School of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh Cambodia, joins us in Lowell summer 2012 to build the kiln with Yary Livan.
The Lowell National Historical Park hosts the kiln on park land. The Parker Foundation granted funds to build the kiln. Middlesex Community College built the shelter and administers the care and use of the kiln through the Art Department.
The kiln enables Yary to pass on his skills to younger generations and also to engage adults in art and craft enterprises.
Come visit, watch a firing, take a workshop, view an exhibit or shop for Cambodian pottery.