EXPERIMENTAL OPEN AIR KILNS USING RECYCLED MATERIALS
Terry Davies’ kilns have been constructed from glass bottles, paper, cardboard tube and old cotton sheets. Over the past seven years he and Italian potter Alberto Cavalini have been lighting up piazzas all over Italy with their large and crazy kilns. This lecture will offer an insight into the world of experimental kiln construction and firing, showing plans and images of how to build and fire several experimental kilns, using recycled materials. To coincide with the glass bottle firing by Karin Putsch-Grassi at the Festival, the talk will include an insight into the development and research undertaken by Cavalini and Davies for their Chianti wine bottle kiln, a seemingly simple idea which has now been reproduced in various countries.