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Soda Kiln Design and Construction
Instructor: Donovan Palmquist
May 19–23, 2008

Learn the subtle--and not-so-subtle--craft of bricklaying and kiln construction while building a soda/salt kiln at the Bray. Veteran potter and kiln builder Donovan Palmquist will lead muscle-building workouts and eye-opening discussions about kiln design and firing theory. Techniques learned in this 5-day workshop can be applied to kilns of any size or style.

Donovan has been making pots for over 30 years. While in graduate school at the University of Minnesota, his emphasis was on low-fire sculpture, but his primary interest is high-fire functional work. His current focus is on vessels in atmospheric firings

This workshop is open to all. No previous kiln building experience is necessary.

Donovan Palmquist founded Master Kiln Builders in 1996. He built his first kiln while a college student in Wisconsin, and has since built over 200 kilns. More than 40 of those have been custom-designed soda kilns. He has led workshops in both kiln building and pottery making throughout the US.