Archive for August, 2010

Old kiln

I just turned off my kiln. It has been fired 1340 times. Built in 1974. Propane, catenary arch. See an older version in Rhodes “Kiln Book”
I have discovered the way to get a perfectly even firing.
Use only one set of cones.
Michael Cohen


News from the studio of Lucien Koonce in Haydenville

Wood-fired Chawan
Tea Bowl

 The tea bowl shown above was juried into the Third Lillstreet International Exhibition. It will be on view at Lillstreet Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL. from August 20th through September 15th, 2010. Titled “Oni-Shino Tea Bowl“, it was wood fired in an anagama kiln for six days on top of the firebox wall. There will be a closing reception on September 11th from 3 – 6 pm. The exhibition will also be available for viewing online at

This wood-fired piece, Small Cup, was recently juried into the 2nd Annual National Cup Show.

Wood-fired sake cup

Sake Cup

Juror Aymui Horie selected 41 pieces from nearly two hundred works. The exhibition will be on view at Barrett Art Center, 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY from Saturday, September 4 through Saturday, October 2, 2010. An opening reception is slated for Saturday, September 4th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The exhibition can be viewed on-line at BCW National Cup Show.

The two pieces shown below will be exhibited in DIRECTions, a national invitational and juried exhibition of functional and sculptural ceramic works made with native clays.


Sake Cup

Both vessels are made from a stoneware clay dug in the Seagrove, NC area. There were no additives to the clay, other than feldspar chips, to make these pieces; they were wood fired in an anagama kiln to c/12.
The show will be on view from September 10th – October 30th, 2010 in the Frankie G. Weems Gallery, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC.

The Berkshire Craft Fair

huge lawn sign for The Berkshire Craft FairLove this sign on the lawn of Monument Mtn. Regional H. S. in Great Barrington Mass. Myself, Donna McGee, and four of us from our potters’ Guild are exhibiting here this sales-tax-free weekend. Those are famous dogs guarding the sign!

Lucien Koonce: Wood firing with Judith Duff and John Dix

I was in Brevard, NC during July for a week long loading and firing with Judith Duff and John Dix. John was visiting the United States from his home in Sasayama, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

John Dix

Judith Duff

We had a crew of twelve to simultaneously fire Judith’s anagama kiln and train kiln. Loading began on the afternoon of the 14th and preheat was over night. The train kiln fired off Friday evening and was reduction cooled. The anagama finished Saturday morning and was fired with apple wood as the primary fuel. Great results were obtained from both kilns. Below are some of the pieces I had come out: