Wave Kilns I-III
Kiln I, night firing, 8 ft. long, steel,
ceramic fiber blanket, propane, brick platform, Mills College,
Oakland, CA 1982.
Kiln II, night firing, 12 ft. long, steel, ceramic fiber
blanket, propane, brick platform, Mills College, Oakland, CA 1982.
Kiln III, installation, 40 ft. long, steel, ceramic
fiber blanket, Kiln Projects: Works in Progress,
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. 1982.
Kilns I-II were fired as part of an on-going series
of experimental projects began in the late 1970's, to examine
the idea of a kiln as an agent of transformation. The Wave
Kilns I-III produce no ceramic product in the normal
sense, they are filled with only fire, forming effigies
of luminous waves in mid-crash. The firings of Wave
Kilns I-II were documented to produce mural-sized
photographic images of the material/image transformation
used in the exhibtion, Kiln
Projects: Works in Progress, centered around the
much larger Wave Kiln III, which has never been
elude to the firing of the larger wave, extending its potential
life into a conceptual dimension, of unlimited scale. Wave
Kilns I-III extend traditional sculptural concepts of
casting and molds, by the filling of a shaped kiln/mold of
a material, water, engaged in another transitory process,
with another transitory material/process, fire.
time of firing of Wave Kiln's I-II, at Mills College in 1982,
several other, related kiln works were produced: Wave
Kilns I-II (Synthetic Landscape), and Study: Dendritic
Projects: Material and Process Experiments in/of the Landscape, John