This is the "German Kiln". Little is known about this kiln, as it has not been fired in several years, though it shows signs of once being heavily fired and salted. It is an anagama/updraft salt-wood hybrid. The anagama firebox is built on a metal slope and leads directly into a sprung arch ware chamber. The damper is built into the stack directly above the ware chamber, which is unusually small.
The facts, as we know, them are as follows:
- It was built by Jochen Dobers, who is the tech at the Art and Design School in Halle, Germany, in 1997.
- There is a sister kiln, exactly like it in Germany. The version here at OU, according to myth, cannot be torn down, until the one in Germany first comes down.
- It is extremely weird.
- It was once fired by the legendary Bizen potter, Setsuo Watanabe, pictured below.
It is said that Joe Davis fired this kiln, but this is remains an unvalidated rumor...
Tingey has plans to fire this strange little mutant sometime soon, stay tuned for more information.