My name is Joe Sink and I am a potter!
I am building at 50 cubic foot wood fired Anagama Kiln to replace a temporary wood kiln that I built when I was in college at Appalachian State University. I soda glaze my pottery, which means I take baking soda and introduce it into the kiln when I reach peak temperature (about 2350 F) - and this produces a glaze on the pottery that holds an appearance you can not get in any other type of firing! This method, along with the wood ash gives me the desired surfaces that I like my work to have.
I plan on firing this kiln quite quickly, and because I am I need an electric kiln for the interior glazes on pieces and for peace of mind when I am firing (because if you fire too fast, and your pieces have not been fired already to bisque temperatures, then they can blow up)! Having an electric kiln will allow me versatility when I am choosing glazes for the inside of my pottery, allowing my work to further develop.
Your money is going to help me be able to purchase the materials that I need to:
Build the Wood Kiln
-Hard Bricks - I will have to purchase roughly 1000 high duty fire brick for the majority of the kiln.
-Soft (insulating) Brick - These brick will insulate the hard brick, making my kiln more efficient!
-Mortar and Refractory Castable - I am using Mortar between each course of brick and a castable product to fill in gaps where the hardback will not fit. These two products are quite expensive so they will only be used when absolutely needed.
-Portland Cement - I will use a top coat of portland cement to cover the layer of insulating brick. The cement will protect the soft brick and give the kiln a tasteful, uniform appearance!
-Excavation - I have a good friend who is going to excavate the hole for the foundation of the kiln to rest in. He is giving me a really good price on the work!
Build the Shed over the Kiln
-Lumber, Roofing Materials, Excavation Fees for posts
Purchase and Electric Kiln
-I plan on purchasing a kiln second hand from a website like craigslist to cut down as much cost as I can!
Risks and challenges
There will certainly be obstacles along the way to get the kiln to a functioning state!
I have all the materials located and secured and are basically waiting on me. The only products that I might have trouble acquiring is the electric kiln. If push comes to shove and I can not locate a good used kiln, I will use some personal funds to get a quality kiln!
All wood firing techniques have variables and uncertainties involved. The new anagram kiln will be different from other kilns, but should fire similarly. I will have to learn the kiln, its quirks, which could be challenging - but I certainly have confidence that it may produce the best results I have ever had.
I will be working hard to get you all the pottery that you have purchased to get my project off the ground! I am 99% sure that I will have your gifts to you by the middle of December, which will allow you to plan on giving them as gift if you like! I have budgeted time just in case I have to fire the kiln an extra few times to get all the rewards out!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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