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" Woden" - Wood Fired Kiln - The 30th Firing!

This page records the 30th firing of the Woden kiln in April 2021. It is an archive of photographs taken before, during and after the firing.

No significant changes were made to the kiln structure. The tunnel from firing chamber to bottom of chimney was rebuilt. The corrugated iron roof could do with replacement.....


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Making Pots

Loading Pots

Firing Kiln

Unloading Pots


Making Pots -

Bill's Rotational Kinetic Energy Device in action Bill's Rotational Kinetic Energy Device in action!
An "upcycled" washing machine, used as a simple wheel to throw a coiled pot.
Caroline Sharp Caroline Sharp's vessels.
Coiled and pinched.
Pale slip glaze.
Caroline Sharp Caroline Sharp's vessels and bowls.
Some black clay.
Nix mugs A few of Nix's cups and mugs.
nix mugs The bases of Nix mugs and cups.
nix worms Worm's eye view of Nix's cups and mugs.
Nix birds eye Bird's eye view of Nix cups and mugs.
thermocouples New thermocouples, a different type to those used before - more traditional.
thermocouple sheaths Those new thermocouple probes are thicker, so needed new sheaths to protect them from the attack of the ash in the kiln.
nix shells Nix has stuffed a few cockle shells to support her pots away from sticking to the shelves because of the ash.
cat inspector The cat inspector looking a Nix's packaged pots.
nix pots packaged up Nix pots ready for the road.
nix banded pots Nix banded pots. The unglazed band will be stained by the reduction and ash in the kiln to give a pleasing contrasted band against the white glaze.

Loading Pots

empty kiln The empty kiln ready for loading to commence.
quarter full Quarter full. Nix pots, some on the cooler bottom layer laid on their sides to see if a nice set of shell marks can be left.
A shelf full of Caroline's vessels sneaked in, a good bit of training for Nix in the art of loading thin based unstable objects.
half full Back half of the kiln chamber filled by Nix.
A very neat piece of work!
nix loading Nix loading. Captured on Bill's antique mobile device.
Nix loading Ditto.

Now waiting for the rest of the crew to come and load their efforts.
tunnel The tunnel from the chamber into the bottom of the chimney was rebuilt.
Partly using HTI bricks from Bill's old electric kiln.
The vertical kiln shelf is designed to push in at the end of the firing to close off the chimney during cooling.

Nick loading

Nick loading his pots (and a few others) into the kiln.
Richard is on the "Patio" applying Shiny White glaze to his pots, one of which is the large urn at the top.
Nick loading Nick still loading....
Richard loading Richard pretending to load his large urn.
3/4 loaded Pots loaded so far.
nick breaking pallets Nick breaking up pallets.
Laurence loading Laurence loading, after Sarah had put hers in.
Laurence loading Laurence looking a bit Cornish!?
Laurence loaded Laurence almost finished loading. Just a few minor adjustments after this and then the bricking up of the door.

Quite a tight pack, with too many pots to choose from!
Sorry to those potters whose pots did not all get in, or were taken out again to make space for others!!

Firing Kiln -

All bricked up and ready to fire
laurence Laurence resting after a night stoking the kiln every hour?
morning stokers Late morning stokers.
Birgit stoking Birgit stoking
nix stoking Nix stoking.
birgit stoking Birgit in action.
standby stokers Standby stokers ready for action.
hippies The hippies arrived for the fish and chips!
new thermocouple The thermocouples with a few flames exiting from their badly sealed entrance.
The usual probe is above the new probe (which has a larger diameter)
There was not much difference between them - both out of calibration with the digital reader.
night stokers Evening stokers.
Belinda stoking Belinda stoking.
nick stoking Nick stoking
The night watch The night watch.
Night resting Taking it easy.

Bill checking cones Bill checking the cones.

The stoking finished at 5.30am, after a nice long soaking, with the cones 8 & 9 well over.

Unloading Pots


first glimpse

First glimpse, top brick courses removed to let the chamber cool a bit more before unloading.
Good reduction, nice speckling.
Cone 10 beginning to go in top middle.
left glimpse Left side top glimpse.
Richard's urn and top of Nick's upright circular piece.
Laurence's porcelain in middle, showing reduced copper.

right glimpse

Right hand side top.

Bricked removed

Whole of front after brick door removed.
Looking tasty toasty!


top close-up
bottom Bottom close-up


Mark's kiln gods and Martin's egg.


Terry's light oatmeal offerings, splendid speckling from ash landing on glaze.
helens Helen's sculptures
Nicks Nick's collection. Fantastic use of texture, breaking glazes.
sarahs Sarah's, lovely speckled satin finish .
laurence bird Laurence's bird perching in the flames.
half unloaded Almost half unloaded.
Nix looking Nix inspecting before starting to unload.


Laurence's pieces.
otto's Otto's unglazed urns and bowls.
Laurence's Laurence's


Laurence's porcelain twisted lidded jar.


Laurence's mug.
Shino style glaze.
Laurence's Laurence's porcelain jug
Laurence's Laurence's honey jar
Laurence's Laurence's porcelain goblet with reduced copper red flashes
Nix happy Nix happily surveying all her wares.











Report and Conclusions


The kiln firing log - 36.56 hours total. No records for Laurence's overnight tending, he kept it at about 200C. Cones started to bend properly over at about 3am, then we kept going until 5.20am, when they were well over, digital thermometer reading 1210C - known to be about 60C out of calibration.

The new thermocouple probes seemed to be about the same amount out of calibration, the probe nearer where the flame enters the chamber registered higher temperatures most of the time, but evened out towards the end of the firing.

firing log

A very successful firing, great reduction and ash speckle - perhaps thanks to Laurence's trick of shoveling some of the ash from the pit up over the burning wood, sending fly ash through the kiln.

A very pleasant experience for all involved, a calm vibe was felt and folk enjoyed chatting.

Level 5 certificates in preparation!

Comments are very welcome - email Bill Crumbleholme

Nix's wares can be seen and purchased at her website and etsy shop :-



Thanks to everyone who helped with the firing and made it such an enjoyable event.