Interesting and lofty goal.
Years and years and YEARS ago I did consulting work on the reconstruction of a true-to-period updraft collonial era earthenware bottle kiln for the living history musuem Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. It is a recreation of a colonial village. Quite large. It was a fascinating place... everyone was "in character" and in costume. Lots of traditional crafts..... raising sheep to get wool that was carded and spun into yarn, dyed with vegetable dyes, and so on. Craft work and food sold to the visitors. The pots they made in the pottery there were sold in the museum gift shop.
We used hand made bricks made by a local brick plant to build the large kiln (Turns out that the person who made those bricks -Kurt Heinzman- years later ended up taking pottery classes with me at NHIA! We didn't know this common relationship until much later). The bricks were hand struck and burned in ricks.
At the first firing there I remember that we need to make a sort of a metal flap for the air intakes to control the air flow better. I had to send a runner across the village to contact the 'village smithy' across the museum grounds, and he had to then hand make the parts we needed to be totally "in period". Took a good while to get that as we were firing.
Made you appreciate the conveniences of stuff like telephones and readily available manufactured goods.
The reason I relate this story here............ behind the scenes..... and behind closed doors....... there was a room full of modern electric kilns. They also were using a non-raw-lead commercial glaze on the redware. And while they had a publicly viewable clay pit and were doing tradional proccessing there, the earthenware clay that they really used for production was from Cutter Ceramics (the "Laguna" of that time ). I think I also remember some electric wheels behind the scenes (been a LONG time.... memory fades).
Being totally traditional is tough.