[Clayart] A blauuw kiln

vpitelka at dtccom.net vpitelka at dtccom.net
Fri Jul 23 21:46:35 UTC 2021

I am not sure what the point is of the message below.  I said that a Blaauw kiln teaches nothing to the students, because it is completely automated.  I was speaking about kiln use in the context of academia.  The whole point of a fine craft BFA program such as what we had at Tennessee Tech is to get students to develop good original work executed at a professional level, and to learn the materials, processes, techniques, tools, and equipment of the trade.   There is no point in teaching students how to fire a very expensive, fully automated kiln.  Instead, teach them how to design, build and fire kilns where they are completely in control.  That's how they really learn about kilns and firing.  If they eventually end up running a successful studio where they can afford a Blaauw kiln or some other very expensive automated kiln, as is the case with Alex Matisse, more power to them. I have absolutely no problem with that.  

The implication that the comments made about Blaauw kilns are going to drive members away from Clayart is ridiculous.  If anyone is really that thin-skinned, then they should not be participating in online discussion venues at all.
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Potter, Writer, Teacher
Chapel Hill, NC
vpitelka at dtccom.net

-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> On Behalf Of Timothy See
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2021 3:20 PM
To: clayart at lists.clayartworld.com
Subject: Re: [Clayart] A blauuw kiln

Another version of a programable kiln this just happens to be gas. Yeah it’s expensive and there are a lot of things that make it easy to use (or harder I’d bet if anything goes wrong) but what at all does that have to do with the work going on and the work coming out. 
Any of us could make our own kiln and clay and glaze and wheel and so on and spend a tremendous amount of time doing so but if boring crappy work goes in crappy boring work comes out. 
Knowing a lot about ceramics does. It mean anyone’s work will set the world on fire. You have consistently taken issue with the newer generation taking advantage of systems that allow them to explore paths in clay that were not available 20 years ago. 
No one in this new generation is shaming any of the old guard for making glazes or making their own clay or building their own kiln. Can you blame them though if they were cold though with posts and comments like this? 
What did building your own kiln get you for instance? Better yet what did it do for the work? 

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