Steven Skinner BlackTree Studio Pottery


Construction of The Elene William Kiln
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In 2011 with the help of Matthew Gaddie, I built my first downdraft reduction kiln; named the Joyce kiln after my mother. Due to increased interest and demand in my pottery, I am building a second larger kiln with double the capacity and a car on tracks for easier access, loading, and unloading. Matthew Gaddie was again the builder. Along with his assistant Roger Crady we built the Elene William kiln during the third week of August. We will finish completion in October when we will fire it for the first time.

I'm naming it the Elene William kiln after my grandmother Elene and my grandfather William each who influenced me in life and art.
Shed Construction
kiln Foundation
setting up the forms for the foundation.
Pouring Concrete
The pour.
Finished cement pad
The finished pad
Finished pottery
Finished pots and White Eddy.
Shed posts and Jennie
Setting the shed posts and Jennie
Brick Delivery
Brick delivery
Framing
Framing
Finished trusses
Finished trusses
Kiln Construction - Monday
Kiln frame on trailer
Unloading the car and tracks
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Kiln support frame in place
Testing the car and tracks
Testing the car and tracks
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Kiln support frame with car and tracks
first course of soft brick
Laying first course of soft brick
and Annie
First layer of brick and Annie
Kiln Construction - Tuesday
The work site
The work site
The kiln taking shape
The kiln taking shape
Kiln Construction - Wednesday
Matthew and Roger
Matthew and Roger
Specially engineered peep
Specially engineered peep
Taking shape
Taking shape
Master kiln builder
Master kiln builder
Kiln Construction - Thursday
Arch form in place
Arch form in place
The arch form looking okay
The arch form looking okay
Inspecting the car wall
Inspecting the car wall
Pushing in the car and wall
Pushing in the car and wall
Closed kiln
Closed kiln
The work site
The work site
Kiln Construction - Friday
Construction the kiln frame
Construction the kiln frame
Welding a top frame in place
Welding a top frame in place
Welding a side frame
Welding a side frame
Grinding a corner fair
Grinding a frame corner fair
Kiln Construction - Saturday
Master builders and open kiln
Master builders and open kiln
Kiln interior
Kiln interior
Kiln front and shed
Kiln front and shed
Kiln back and shed
Kiln back and shed
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Insulating the arch
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Finishing the chimney
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Test firing
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Celebrating the finished kiln
kilns
The two kilns
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First firing

The siding and windows are on... Next spring I'll add trim and final paint job.