Current Exhibitions & Events

Feb 14

The Carleton Wood Kiln

An exhibit of work by ceramics students who used the wood fired kiln during Fall Term 2017

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
Gould Library, Athenaeum

This event takes place each day from December 10th, 2017 to March 9th, 2018.

This event occurs on:

The Carleton Wood Kiln

In the spring of 2009, Carleton ceramics students worked with Donovan Palmquist, a master kiln builder, to construct a bourry-box style wood kiln on campus. The kiln is located near Farm House, and is fired several times each year as part of Carleton’s ceramics courses.

The kiln fits well with Carleton’s focus on sustainable practices, as it is fueled with wood harvested from the Cowling Arboretum, including invasive buckthorn, oak and ash. Over the course of 30 hours, the kiln gently heats up to temperatures exceeding 2300 degrees Farenheit. The ceramic pieces inside the kiln are dusted with ash, as flames lick across the surfaces of the work leaving evidence of their path. The results are stunning.

The pieces on view in this exhibit were created in Beginning Ceramics (ARTS130), taught by Kelly Connole and Juliane Shibata in Fall 2017. They provide a variety of examples of the surfaces and textures that can be achieved through this method of firing.  Factors such as choice of clay body and placement in the kiln have dramatic effects on the work—as does luck!

Sponsored by Gould Library Exhibitions. Contact: Zoe Adler, x7182