Chanhassen Native Fires Up Kickstarter for Kiln Project
Chanhassen native Craig Johnson is hoping to take his small prototype of a high-temperature kiln to the next level through the generosity of the public.
According to the Chanhassen Villager, Johnson built the prototype in his parent’s backyard and it serves as the model for the larger kiln he plans to build at a studio in northern Minnesota. He’s started a Kickstarter project to help raise money for the kiln.
“The current prototype is able to fire up to 2,150 degrees in about 14 hours,” the newspaper said. “The final kiln will take two or more days to fire. Most of the kiln is made of hard, high-temperature bricks, but the top of the ware chamber is a sheet of ceramic fiber board. This board is removed to load and unload the kiln.”
Johnson, who is also a farmer, bookbinder and silkscreener, told the newspaper that his passion for wood-fire pottery goes back to his days as a pottery student at Chaska High School.
Kickstarter allows anyone to raise money for a specific project. Donors who contribute to Johnson’s project will receive pieces of Johnson’s wood-fired pottery, including a chess set, and a line of T-shirts he has designed and silkscreen printed himself, the paper said. The deadline for donations is Thursday, Aug. 14, and if it is successful, Johnson hopes to get the kiln built by the end of the fall.
To see pictures and more information, visit Johnson’s website at www.mrquins.com. To make a donation to Johnson’s Kickstarter, go to Kickstarter.com/projects/1760242844/mrquins-wood-fired-pottery-kiln.
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