Today I have been in Zurich, a train hour from where I live, at the studio of a Swiss ceramist friend of mine: Stefan Jakob.
He is the developer of a raku kiln, made out of a trash bin (see pic below). He’s giving workshops all over the world, showing interested people how to build such a kiln from scratch. The kilns are fired with a shoebox full of wood sticks and you can reach bisque- and low fire temps in as less as ¾ hours! We discussed the reaction of ceramists when they see the kiln in action. And we discovered, that ceramists, most of the time, are curious people and open to try something new. I myself own such a trash bin kiln and fire it regularly in my studio in Italy, and I’m very content with the result.
How about you? Would you try out firing your smaller work in such a simple “kiln”, or are you skeptical and rather stay with your gas or electric kiln?