Downdraft barrel Kiln

This type of kiln design is referred to as a Downdraft Barrel kiln because its cylindrical shape with a flue rising from the base, allows oxygen to be pulled down into the firing chamber, increasing the airflow to the fire, therefore creating a hotter firing chamber than is reached in the traditional pit firing method.

The Downdraft kiln was developed in the 1800's and its principals have been adopted widely across Europe and later, Japan.

I chose to fire in this way, as the results are of a magical fire painting story, very similar to the alchemical processes that occur in the pit however, the barrel is smaller and therefore can be fired up more often using less combustibles. As with every aspect of my working in clay, the relationship between earth and fire is unique, wild and therefore, unpredictable and continues to teach me about roles and power.

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