Last fall, after the retreat/artist residency
at Wildacres (on
the Blue Ridge Parkway), we decided to build a raku kiln. Because
building just about any kiln is very expensive, and because of space
limitations, we searched for a small, low-cost alternative. What we got
is also very portable, and very very fast.
We highly praise our little "Rocky
Raku" Kiln. It is
very efficient, inexpensive, portable and its perfect for the potter
who wants to experiment with Raku firing. It can also be used as a test
kiln for Raku potters (to test glaze and clay formulations).
We fired nearly 600 angel
ornaments and pins, several taller pieces (up to 12" tall and 7" wide),
and about a hundred smaller pieces produced by the students of the
Wednesday evening pottery class. All of the firings used only one 40lb
tank of propane.