Seagrove Pre-Conference Artist, Conference Organizer and Panelist
*Only Open for Tours during Pre-Conference*
David Stuempfle will be giving a tour of this kiln and studio. The newest kiln on site is a flame-shaped anagram built with the help of Estonian kiln builder Andres Allik.
The original kiln was built in 1992 and is a tunnel-type, cross-draft kiln, approximately 30 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 7 feet tall with side-stoke ports the length of the kiln. David fires twice a year, and firings range from 100 to 150 hours. Most of the pots are loaded through the chimney, with some loaded in through the front of the firebox.
Change, risk and growth are important aspects of working with clay. David tries to use the kiln a little differently each time by trying different woods, stacking patterns, and firing schedules. Although people who use wood kilns will achieve many results that are similar to one another, he feels that each kiln is capable of producing results unique to itself. It is important to be aware and receptive to the kiln personality both during use and when evaluating the results.