Glazed Earth Piece
kiln/frunace, 10 ft. long, steel, ceramic fiber blanket,
brick, propane, earth,
glaze materials, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN 1979.
Right: kiln dismantled,
cooled, fused state
and Glazed Earth Piece, is
the first larger environmental performance/ kiln work after
a series of smaller experimental kilns and firing projects.
This work has two stages, the first of purely firing the
existing ground, is not shown. The second state, shown
at right, is after a second firing and the layered placement
of all powdered glaze materials available at the Notre
Dame ceramic facility were fused in situ. In both cases
the burner was placed in one end of the kiln, and left
a unknown temperature,
the purpose being to let the kiln dynamics and natural
forces (to the extent possible) determine the state of
fusion of the materials,
not a pre-determined formula or goal. The burner was left
on until it appeared the kiln would no longer rise in temperature.
Projects: Material and Process Experiments in/of the Landscape, John