John Benn and Colleen Gallagher
Harstine Island Wood Kilns

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              The larger of our kilns, the Mongrelgama, has two low chambers and is 23 feet long. John designed it to get anagama-style firing effects and ash,
              but it has castable refractory lids that open on hinges to make it easy to load. There is a small firebox between the two chambers.

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              The large kiln shares a chimney with a Bourry-box salt kiln. We fire the salt kiln in two ways: with a bagwall and salted;
              or without a bagwall and without salt (this gives us similar effects to a train kiln.)

              John and I are accustomed to working alone. In contrast, firing with wood is often a communal activity, and our firing
              crew joins in our hard work and long hours. Our usual crew members -- Karen Mittet, MJ Boushie, Reid Ozaki
              Stacy Landers and Chris Knapp -- share with us their often different approaches and attitudes toward clay, surfaces
              and fire. We have also been fortunate to have had many other potters and friends fire with us.

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