Here is some information about the multiple firing processes I choose to dabble
in. The results are all completely different but beautiful.
If you have questions or need specific information on the processes I use for my firings please do
not hesitate to call me or email me I would be happy to help you personally.
Downdraft Stovepipe Barrel Firing
|Downdraft Stovepipe Barrel Firing
The downdraft stovepipe barrel kiln is constructed of a modified 55 gallon barrel serving as a cozy firing
chamber with an attached chimney stack three times the height of the barrel firing chamber. The kiln works as a downdraft
because oxygen is pulled into the firing chamber increasing the airflow to the fire allowing the firing chamber to become
hotter than a barrel kiln without a chimney. This particular downdraft stovepipe barrel kiln that I use was designed
by lifelong potter and educator Randy Brodnax but built by my craftsman father, Stephen Marga, following Randy’s design.
The result of this alternative style of firing is
that every piece is one of a kind. One never knows exactly what design the fire, smoke, and the variety of combustible
materials used will leave on the surface of your work. Unloading the kiln is always an exciting process. Pieces
fired in the downdraft stovepipe barrel kiln are generally for decorative purposes only. They are not intended for use
with food, and they are not sealed for water tightness. Imperfections are enjoyed and a part of the process.