Building the Kiln
The kiln at Greasy Creek Pottery is a slightly modified version of the Manabigama kiln designed by John Thies (Manabigama Pottery Center). I chose this kiln because it is small enough for one person to fill and fire and gives good wood fired effects. It was designed to fire in 12 hours, but I fire for 24 hours and usually work with two or three other potters. This makes firing easier, more fun, and allows us to fire more often.
You can think of it as a small anagama style kiln. A tube kiln with fire pit in front and flue/chimney in back. This provides ample flow of flame and ash around all the pots from front to back.
There is room for five rows of 12" x 24" shelves, about 40 cubic feet of stacking space.
The kiln was built over a period of about eight months, starting in December, 2011 and finishing around July of 2012. I used a mix of used and new bricks. New bricks on all inner surfaces and used bricks for the outer bricks.
Many thanks to Jeff Richards and Richard Kuensting for their help in building.