Rich Briggs
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Sasukenei
In 2007, we built another wood burning kiln from plans found in the book Japanese Wood-Fired Ceramics (Mark Lancet and Kusakabe Masakazu). The Sasukenei (translated as "no worries") kiln has a relatively small ware chamber of 36 cubic feet and is designed to get a variety of ash buildup depending on location; items in front of the bagwall receiving more ash while those behind the bagwall have a more subtle effect. Once again, with student help, the kiln was built in one month, working around class schedules. We typically fire this kiln for 36 hours, using approximately two cords of wood. Students are very involved in the process of preparing, splitting, and stacking the wood as well as taking three hour shifts throughout the firing process. A 27 minute DVD showing kiln construction is available. Send an e-mail request to briggsr@byui.edu.

Bourry fire box (on right), with chimney base (left)


Arch form in place for ware chamber


Completed ware chamber


Angle iron frame welded in place


Completed kiln with caping coat and metal chimney pipe


Students preparing wood


Ware chamber stacked (Note bagwall division)


"SpongeBob" air intake


Successful firing-fall 2009

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