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  • Wood fire rescheduled for Sat. Nov. 9th

    The National Park has reopened, and we are able to fire the kiln again. We will be loading on Friday and firing on Saturday. Visitors are most welcome to come watch and participate. 
    Posted to Cambodian Kiln Project (Weblog) by rackm on October 29, 2013
  • June 2013 Visit from Masakazu Kusakabe

    Lucky for us, our dear friend Kusakabe (left) was visiting from Japan to build a kiln in nearby Walpole.  We were delighted that Nancy Selvage, Boston area sculptor and recently retired director of Harvard ceramics program, was able to bring him to Lowell to see our kiln. We are tremendously grateful to Sensei for his generous ...
    Posted to Cambodian Kiln Project (Weblog) by rackm on August 29, 2013
  • May 8 end of semester firing

    Wearing welding goggles for protection from the brilliant light, this student checks the conditions inside the kiln.  The MCC International Club visited; members have pottery in this firing that was created in a workshop with Yary Livan, second from right. Carina Self, MCC Assistant Dean of Social Sciences and Service Learning, took a ...
    Posted to Cambodian Kiln Project (Weblog) by rackm on May 20, 2013
  • Second Fire Results

    The door is unbricked to reveal the wares from the second fire; the chamber is full to the max. Maggie Holtzberg, of the LNHP, and Yary Livan enjoy looking over the newly fired wares while  they match lids to elephant pots.   This one gets a tiered pagoda like lid.   Yary makes a variety of elephant shapes and sizes, each ...
    Posted to Cambodian Kiln Project (Weblog) by rackm on November 27, 2012
  • The 2nd firing Nov. 25th

    It was a cold day, and the wind was relentless. The kiln is so well insulated that it doesn't provide much warmth. Middlesex students worked 2 hour shifts starting at 7 a.m. The cranky pyrometer gave us trouble, despite the new longer probe. We are grateful for help problem solving this! But this time we will again rely on the ...
    Posted to Cambodian Kiln Project (Weblog) by rackm on November 26, 2012
  • First Firing

    Coals glow in the primary fire box as the temperature rises. Kang Proeung rakes the coals in the primary fire box. Yary Livan clears some coals. Yary loading wood. We will use about one cord. Students from several colleges came to observe, including Middlesex, UMass Lowell and UMass Boston. The visitors expressing ...
    Posted to Cambodian Kiln Project (Weblog) by rackm on September 23, 2012
  • 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 French colonial rule. Proeung Kang, head of ceramics department at the Secondary School of ...
    Posted to Cambodian Kiln Project (Weblog) by rackm on June 4, 2012