CRAFT > Pottery
I learned to throw pottery from Rob Withrow who runs Smoke in the Mountain Pottery Studio. He taught me about clay, throwing, and firing and I work out of his studio. Rob has a big Noborigama-style wood kiln on his property and he fires it about 4 times a year. The chambers hold about 700 pots. Every firing is a community event. We all take shifts to stoke the fire with dry wood by hand every 2-3 minutes for about 30 hours straight! The goal is to get to about 2350 degrees or Cone 12/13. Many of my jugs are either wood fired this way or fired in a gas kiln.