NC Mountains Pre-Conference Artist, Conference Panelist and Demonstrator
Eric Knoche uses various styles of wood firing in his naborigama kiln to create his surface affects, but one that he has focused on is a deviation of a charcoal shoveling technique often used in Bizen, Japan. He was introduced to this process of firing by his teacher Jeff Shapiro.
During loading, Knoche leaves 4 to 6 inches of clearance between shelf layers next to stoke ports to shovel in the charcoal. At various points in the firing he covers the work on each level with charcoal using a long stainless steel chute. A wide range of effects are possible, depending on the variables of the firing, which include the materials and forms, the kind of charcoal, when its introduced; and the time, temperature and rate of the firing.