I’m using my car and a radiator to dry out the clay before it headed to the oven, and on Wednesday to the kiln itself (which the class were building).
During a camping trip at the end of term, Class 6&7 built a paper slip kiln to fire pottery that was made in the classroom.
The wood surrounds the ceramics. A thin slip of clay is coated over glossy magazines which is repeated for many layers, over the top of each other until the walls are quite thick. A chimney is centrally placed and a fire is lit underneath – lots of smoke ensues! It’s left to smoulder overnight. Once cold the pottery oven is broken open and the beautiful ceramics are revealed from the belly of the kiln.
Here is the incredible process in pictures.