Historic Yellow Springs

Kiln Firing

The Chester Springs Studio wood kiln is a two-chamber noborigama, constructed in 2014 during a workshop with artist, Jim Dugan. The first chamber is fired solely with wood, and in the second chamber salt/soda is introduced. The kiln reaches cone 10 over about 24 hours. Community participants reserve shares in the firing. There are 9 shares of space within the kiln, one share is 12″ x 24″ x 30″. Please contact Matt Wren at the Chester Springs Studio with questions in regard to clay bodies, slips, and glazes suitable for the noborigama. All work must be bisque-fired.


Wood Kiln Firing Guidelines

Kiln Firing

  • Maximum of 1 share per person.
  • To commit to a share, email Matt Wren.
  • All participants must be available for each aspect of the firing. We glaze and wad pots on Friday afternoon/evening (1pm on). Load Saturday beginning at 9am, and fire from 1pm on Saturday to about 11am Sunday (if all goes according to plan).
  • One share earns you 2, 3-hour shifts at the kiln, or 6 hours. Participation in the loading, and most importantly the unloading, (unbrick door, unload pots, clean posts, grind shelves, wash shelves, sweep kiln pad, scoop out ashes, and in general put the kiln back the way it was when we started, takes about 3 hours.)
  • One share is 12″ x 24″ x 30″ of kiln stacking space. Bowl and plate, wait and wait, tall and thin gets in.

2021 Wood Kiln Firing Schedule

Vase fired in noborigama dual chamber salt/soda kiln.

March 13-14: Suzanne Kent
March 20-21: MCCC and Saint Joes, Michael Connelly, Jill Allen, Ryan Wheeler
March 27-28: Susan Bankert
April 10-11: Jackie Henisee
Friday, April 16: Loading, unload following Friday. Allens Lane Art Center
May 1-2: Unload following Thursday. Marjorie/community group
May 8-9: Black Hound Clay Studio
June 5-6: Jessica Greet
June 26-27: Jackie Henisee
July 10-11: Community Firing: Booked. No more shares available.
July 17-18: Jess Greet
August 14-15: Jessica Greet
August 28-29: Suzanne Kent
September 18-19: Susan Bankert
September 25-26: Community Firing: Booked. No more shares available.
Friday, October 8: Loading: Allens Lane Art Center
October 23-24: Black Hound Clay Studio
November 6-7: Jackie Henisee
November 13: Susan Bankert


Community / Members Kiln Firing

All Firings and Shares for 2021 have been booked.

Check back at the beginning of next year for new listings for 2022 or contact:

Matt Wren, Ceramic Studio Supervisor
Phone: 610.827.7414 ext. 21
Email: mwren@yellowsprings.org

Opening chambers of wood burning kiln at Chester Springs Studio.

Limit: 9 participants
Instructor: Matt Wren, Wood Kiln Supervisor, leads firings and oversees preparations
Location: Chester Springs Studio Ceramic Studio/Wood Kiln
Cost Per Share: $150 Member, $175 Non-member
(Materials Included)
Available Shares: 9 shares (1 share is 12″ x 24″ x 30″)
Participants: Must sign up for firing shifts at Chester Springs Studio beginning Friday afternoon and be present for kiln unloading. Sign up sheet in Studio.

Provided for Each Firing:

  • Supplies:
    • Slips
    • Cone 10 glazes
    • Wadding
    • Cone packs
    • Wood
  • Staff:
    • Wood Kiln Monitor

After confirming and reserving your space with Matt Wren you may pay by check or in cash. Make checks payable to: Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.


Private Kiln Rental (Full Kiln)

All Private Full Kiln Rentals for 2021 have been booked.

Check back at the beginning of next year for new opportunities for 2022 or contact:

Matt Wren, Ceramic Studio Supervisor
Phone: 610.827.7414 ext. 21
Email: mwren@yellowsprings.org

Pottery fired in wood burning noborigama kiln at Chester Springs Studio in Historic Yellow Springs.

We ask that a $450 deposit be made to hold the date of your firing, the remaining balance must be paid by check on the date of the firing or before by credit card over the phone. Checks should be made payable to: Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.

Pricing:

  • Private Rental: $1,400 (HYS Non-Member)
  • Private Rental: $1,250 (HYS Member)
  • Initial Deposit: $450 (both Member & Non-Member)

After confirming and reserving the kiln with Matt Wren you may pay online, by check or in cash. Make checks payable to: Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.



Wood Burning Dual-Chamber Noborigama Kiln During Construction

Wood Burning Dual-Chamber Noborigama Kiln
Wood Burning Dual-Chamber Noborigama Kiln
Wood Burning Dual-Chamber Noborigama Kiln