Current Issue Feature: Gregory Hamilton Miller

By Joshua Speers
Dec 20, 2016

Joel Inside Kiln

It’s cold. As the holiday season settles in, there is no better time to cosy up around a warm fire and read about rebuilding a salt kiln in January in the frigid Danish countryside. In Volume 44, Number 2, Summer/Fall 2016, Gregory Hamilton Miller details with beautiful honesty the epic failures that led to a much needed rebuild.

“The final firing in the old one was disastrous. We were making samples for a big order, and as the kiln approached Cone 9, about 1,250 degrees Celsius, the floor melted away, and all our work made a long, slow journey toward the walls, then slid farther down the interior of the kiln, landing in a heap in front of the gas burner.”

Miller rebuilt this kiln with an crew of international artists on the campus of the ceramic center he co-founded with German master potter Janne Hieck. Purchased 2012, Tolne Gjæstgivergaard has developed into a ceramic studio, gallery, bed and breakfast, café, and meeting facility.

Read more about the center and the first firing of the rebuilt salt kiln here.  

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