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Wood fire kiln blessing ceremony
On Thursday, June 28, the blessing ceremony for the new Cambodian wood fire kiln took place in Lowell. In order to ensure a successful project, the potters Yary Livan and Proeung Kang made offerings and prayed to the designer of Angkor Wat, King Suryavarman Read More...
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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 4:37 PM by haml | 4 Comments
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Planning day
On a planning day, before the official start of kiln building, Yary Livan (left) and Proeung Kang (on right) lay out the footprint of the kiln using tape. The walls will be 9 inches thick; this equals the length of one fire brick, or the width of two Read More...
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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 4:34 PM by rackm | 0 Comments
Visiting Proeung Kang in Phnom Penh
Summer 2010, during a Fulbright Hayes trip to Cambodia, I had the pleasure of meeting Proeung Kang where he teaches ceramics at the Secondary School of Fine Arts. Here we are in front of the ceramics studio. This tall vase is in a traditional form, but Read More...
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Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 9:48 AM by rackm | 0 Comments
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Storage shed arrives
The prefab storage shed is assembled on site. All set for the next step. Read More...
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Posted: Monday, June 18, 2012 1:39 PM by rackm | 1 Comments
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Framing the shelter
The roof is shed style, with a 4 / 12 slope. The roof will protect the bricks from the weather, and protect the crew as they stoke the fire. We estimate the kiln will require 10 hours to come to temperature; crew members will form teams and work shifts, Read More...
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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:28 AM by rackm | 2 Comments
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Kiln design combines tradition and new technology
The Cambodian style wood burning kiln produces unique ash glazes and aesthetic effects distinctly different from other Asian traditions. Yary’s kiln is a cross draft kiln, with a sprung arch ware chamber modeled after kilns used in Cambodia during Read More...
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Posted: Monday, June 04, 2012 9:56 PM by rackm | 2 Comments
Construction of the Cambodian "smoke less" woodfire kiln begins.
The 12 inch thick foundation is poured. That's Yary on the right video taping the process. Hours before, he followed Cambodian tradition and placed coins for good luck at the bottom of the excavation. The foundation is surrounded by a paved work area. Read More...
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Posted: Monday, June 04, 2012 1:38 PM by rackm | 1 Comments