Mountain Kiln / Black Orchid

Site-fired, performance-furnace tableau, 60 ft. (18.2 m) long, steel, ceramic fiber blanket, sheet metal, propane tanks, sand, soda ash, ISC Confernce, Oakland, CA, 1982.


Left: pre-firing tableau

Middle: night firing

Right: kiln removed, supporting sand excavated from beneath fused "Black Orchid" kiln floor.

Exploration of a poetic and integrated relationship between the instrument of change (kiln) and what is changed (interior work). The kiln's structure was developed from the form of the interior, Black Orchid, image.

 

Furnace Projects, Constance Lewallan;

Kiln Projects: Material and Process Experiments in/of the Landscape, John Roloff