|Students hit the pottery
Kiln made by Centre students keeps creative fires burning
RELEASED: Jan. 9, 2003
DANVILLE, KYWho says there are no outdoor activities this winter?
Centre students and other artists have been creating wood-fired pottery from an anagama dragon kiln, working right through the snow, ice and sleet.
More than 1,000 pieces of art were recently fired from the 40-foot kiln that can reach above 2,000 degrees.
Most modern pottery is finished in computer-controlled gas or electric kilns. The anagama wood-firing, however, uses an ancient Japanese technique of firing ceramic vessels in the kiln.
Centre College professor of art Stephen Rolfe Powell and his students built the kiln in the early 1990s on the farm of Mack Jackson, a Boyle County physician. It's a horizontal, tunnel-like structure made of heavy bricks and is shaped like an igloo.
The Lexington Herald-Leader did a story on the kiln this week.
Centre students Jennifer Riggs, Betsy Dahms and Anna Bynum and former Centre professor Davie Reneau are featured in the story.
Persons interested in visiting the kiln may contact the Centre College art department at (859) 238-5469.
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