The process of wood-burning kiln dates back thousands of years and is more common in Eastern pottery tradition than Western. Unlike firing in a gas or electric kiln, firing in a wood-kiln is a long process that demands constant care and attention. This method is still being used today as the variation in colors produced is considered attractive and highly sought after. Firing with wood also shows in the final product: the flame leaves its earth toned red and orange flashes on bare clay, and ash deposits will melt and run enriching applied glazes and bare clay alike. The flame's unpredictable nature brings new results with each firing and every piece is a unique utensil rooted in a long tradition of beauty.

Hand turned and hand shaped objects are placed in the kiln and the openings are sealed with firebricks, leaving only small openings for stroking the wood fire which has to be done throughout the firing process. The fire is then lit and gradually brought up to approximately 1,300 degrees Celsius which will burn continuously for 48 hours.

The kiln used for the process is called a beehive kiln because of its dome-like shape. The kiln has fire boxes through which the flame travels. The fire circulates down through the ware exiting through openings in the floor of the kiln. There, the flame travels through an exit channel beneath the kiln that leads to the chimney. It is this chimney, when heated that creates the draft to pull the fire through this long, circuitous path. The intense heat makes the wood ash melt on the clay to form a natural glaze.

The subdued earthen color achieved is dependant upon the placement of the pots within the kiln and can vary from sandy white, to rustic pink, to hints of purple. The color of the glaze depends on chance and nature. One of the most appealing aspects, as well as one of the difficulties, is the unpredictability of the firing process. Although a continual risk, many potters and end users are attracted to the romance of the wood firing and value the wood flame and its ash which enrich the surface of the finished product.

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