KILN BUILDING WORKSHOP
with Kiln Master Andres Allik (EE)
From May 1st – May 18th 2017
The popular woodfire soda kiln at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center has served its duty, and therefore a new soda kiln will be built in its’ place.
The workshop “Build a Soda Kiln” gives you a unique chance to participate in turning an old electric kiln into a soda kiln. After building the kiln, you will have the opportunity to fill it with your own work and thus get to know the new kiln by firing it. The workshop is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of kiln building and wood firing in general.
Kiln Master Andres Allik (EE), who is one of the most respected and knowledgeable kiln builder working today, will lead the workshop with assistance from Guldagergaard’s wonderful Kiln Yard Technician Evelin Saul (EE).
This workshop aims to cover the following areas:
The workshop requires interest in woodfiring. Prior experience in the atmospheric firing processes will be helpful, but is not a must.
• Learn how to transform an electric kiln into a soda kiln.
• Build a chimney with bricks from the old soda kiln combined with new hard bricks.
• Build a bourry box type firebox.
• Learn how to reuse materials.
• Participate in soda woodfiring – you will have the chance to do the first two firings and learn how the whole process of firing a soda kiln will affect the surface and body results.
Price for the kiln building workshop
Registration: 4,350 DKK
Student: 3,350 DKK
Price includes: Tuition and support, shared studio space rental from 09.00 – 17.00 with use of all Guldagergaard equipment. Price does not include accommodation, materials, travel, food (or other living expenses).
Andres Allik is an Estonian kiln master who has built woodfire kilns both in Europe and America. Through the company Kerako OÜ, which he co-ownes with a Finnish colleague, they build and sell electric, gas, and woodfire kilns and components. He is building kilns around artists’ fire sculptures at FireFest in North Carolina, he is the co-founder of Kohila Symposium in Estonia, is leading projects in conjunction with Estonian Academy of Arts and he is also the author of Guldagergaard’s Babygama.