Help The Village Potters build a "Kazegama" Kiln
Help The Village Potters build a "Kazegama" Kiln
Join in our dream and build community with The Village Potters with our Kazegama “wind Kiln” in Asheville, NC’s River Arts District.
Join in our dream and build community with The Village Potters with our Kazegama “wind Kiln” in Asheville, NC’s River Arts District. Read more
What is a Kazegama Kiln?
The Kazegama (Japanese for Wind Kiln) is a simple rectangular box design using natural gas and forced air to fire. Wood ash is added into the kiln to create beautiful wood fired results.
Wood fire creates surface on pots like nothing else can. The wood ash moves through the kiln on the “wind” and melts on the surface of the pots.
It is the most exciting form of firing. Why? because you never know what you are going to get. The elements of wind, wood and fire create the palette.
The inventor of the Kazegama kiln, Steve Davis, is sharing his plans with us and generously offered help as we need it during construction and firing.
"Wood is my favorite firing technique! I can't wait to share this amazing kiln with our community" says Village Potter Karen Dubois (who will head up the construction project with Village Potter co-owner George Rolland).
Is this Cool or what?
We already have 9 kilns at the Village Potters... and you might be wondering why we need another...
Here’s why the Kazegama really IS cool—
Atmosphere in a kiln is a major player in determining the look of a pot. With wood, ash hits the pots and dances across the surface leaving mystifying and unexpected beautiful trails.
At The Village Potters, our mission is to inspire, nurture and create.
With this kiln, we will inspire potters to make wonderful pots and then release them to the fire.
We will nurture the emerging potter (maybe that’s you!) by offering them an opportunity to experience all firing atmospheres, and help them explore their personal aesthetic. And then we all will create and share the experience together with each of our pots.
With the help of your pledge today, we will use the new kiln to expand and build our community to include:
- New work by all of the Village Potters including collaborations
- We will have a new and innovative kiln on the eastern part of the US
- Use the kiln when mentoring the emerging potter through our Mentoring program
- Community Firings with regional potters, and public kiln openings with teaching and discussion to the public
- Educational Outreach through organizations like the Southern Highland Craft Guild (our Teaching Center is a member)
- Provide increased demonstrations and talks with the local schools (which we already do)
- Teach the history of pottery that began with wood and continues today.
The Village Potters Collective began four years ago—birthed from Sarah Wells Rolland’s desire for a creative, collaborative community that would not only nurture working artists but allow for the mentorship and development of emerging artists.
The Village Potters has grown to a Collective of six professional artists, including one Apprentice and two studio assistants.
Our newly launched Independent Study and Mentoring (IS/M) Program will invite up to 20 emerging artists to take steps toward their own creative development.
The Kazegama wood-ash kiln is an integral part of our growing kiln family.
With 6 electric kilns, 2 downdraft gas-fired kilns and a Raku kiln, this addition will make it possible for us to experiment creatively with our students who desire the look of the traditional wood fired pot.
Firing Up The Community
Wood kilns have a legacy thousands of years old. Potters, friends and neighbors have been coming together to stoke the fire and stir the ash of a wood kiln.
The Kazegama is a contemporary kiln design but we will keep the priceless age old tradition of shared firing.
The unloading of the kiln and discovering the random and beautiful results in the firing is a sharing experience like none other. It’s a celebration.
Taking Our Show on the Road
Building the Kazegama on a trailer gives us the unique opportunity to share the kiln with schools, groups and organizations without their own access to a kiln and professional instruction.
We invite you to become a part of our Village Potters Community.
If you have had your eye on that special piece for your home, now is your time! Your investment now is not only your opportunity to take that cherished item home, but also to help us build our community and mentor aspiring potters in our new Independent Study and Mentoring Program.
To show our appreciation for your support, we have hand-selected creations by our resident potters (photos below are representative of style), as well as selected class and workshop rewards so that you can fulfill your own dream of learning a new skill and passion.
It’s a win-win—you get great pottery creations for your home, AND at the same time, you become a cherished member of our community.
It may be hot now, but it’s never too early to think about snow...your $25 pledge will help us build the Kazegama AND just may help you finish up your Christmas shopping super early.
Can you hear the beat?
Whether you choose a new mug hand-selected for you by The Village Potters from the first Kazegama firings, or you choose one yourself from your favorite potter, you’ll be sure to find a new favorite mug among the rewards listed to the right...
Bowls and more bowls
Altered (left) and Carved (right) bowls by Sarah Wells Rolland (for a $250 pledge one of these can be yours!)
We thank you for being part of the greater “Village” and sowing seed into our Kazegama “wind” kiln.
The Mighty Oak
These are just a few of the many rewards awaiting you—
We invite you to take a minute to search the list of rewards to the right and find your treasure!
A heartfelt thank you once again from all of The Village Potters: Sarah Wells Rolland, Karen Dubois, Lori Theriault, Judi Harwood, Melanie Robertson, and Dearing Davis. www.thevillagepotters.com
Our $14,000 goal will allow us to:
- Purchase the trailer
- Buy all the materials to build the kiln including Zirconia ceramic fiber, metal for frame, hard and soft insulating brick, kiln furniture, burners and 2 propane tanks
- Have the frame welded and manufactured with a pulley system to raise the lid
- Promote and establish the first two community firings with a video created to tell the story
- Make preparations for off-site workshops
- City permits
- Engineer reports
Any funds raised above our $14,000 goal will go into the equipment and curriculum development for our Independent Study/Mentoring program.
Risks and challenges
Challenge is part of the every day life of a potter.
Any and all projects include challenges, and we are well-prepared for them.
• Experience with navigating city regulations and permitting. We’ve already talked with the city and understand that this kiln will fit into their parameters.
• An engineer on board to make any design reports to the city they require for approval.
• The willing ear of the original designer of the Kazegama to help us through construction and first firings
• Endless passion and enthusiasm
Again, we all thank you so much for being a part of this project and a member of our Village Potters Community!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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