Fellowship of the Kiln
Kilns don't fire themselves. Most of us fire our electric and gas kilns on our own, but a wood kiln needs constant, round-the-clock stoking for days, and that's hard work! The Michiana (SW Michigan + Northern Indiana) area has a number of wood fire kilns, so we've formed a community of potters willing to help fire each others' kilns.
Guests who come from states away to participate in the kiln firing bring their stories and share in the stoking shifts. All sorts of ceramics people show up for these wood firing events. As chance would have it, I had a nice chat one evening with former editor of Ceramics Monthly Bill Hunt. We discussed old CM magazine articles and how they influenced my direction as a brush artist. I had a good time visiting with him.
Since I am a pottery tool "rib maker" I often set up my grill and slow cook a slab or two of dry rubbed pork ribs. All that stoking works up an appetite.