Manabigama to Fire!


Joe Frank has done it!  The kiln is complete and we should be stoking the kiln all day Tuesday.

Here are some photos of the final kiln and the loading process… (oops… I forgot my camera during the last of the build!)

The first photo is of PROUD JOE FRANK.  He should be proud.  The castable went on smoothly and the kiln looks fabulous!  (Sorry for the poor quality – its from my cell phone!)

JoeFrank McKee proudly looks out from the Manabigama

Proud dad of a new Manabigama kiln! Check out the castable around the arch!

JoeFrank loads the kiln

JoeFrank loading the kiln!

Hank helps load the kiln

Hank, who made this entire project happen, helps load

Connie watches JoeFrank load her pieces

Connie watches JoeFrank load her pieces


  1. Lee Love · May 12, 2011

    Seems like a lot of wasted space in the front where the firebox is. Is there a reason why the firebox section is so tall?

    • pincupottery · May 12, 2011

      Hi Lee,

      Thanks for the comment and inquiry. I did not design the kiln, but I suspect the kiln designers (John Thies and Bill Van Guilder) were trying to make a straightforward, easy to fire and build kiln for students. It sure is easy to put together and it took just a few firings for the students to catch on to how to keep it even and get it to temp. Honestly, I haven’t fired it yet, just participated in the building. I used to fire a bourry box kiln back at U of F years ago, but have little experience otherwise.

      Hope that answers your questions and offers a place to find more info (check the link).

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