Date – Area
Ilias Christopoulos – Ceramist
24 â€“ 26 May 2020
Ceramic art dates back 10.000 years when humans got creative using the most simple and direct material they had, the soil, producing vessels and simple utilitarian objects to cover their daily needs. Ceramic art created artworks that marked the development of culture helping at the same time the Chrono graphing of history. In the course of time from a daily need, Ceramics has developed to one of the most important worldwide arts by using different techniques from all over the world with common roots even in civilizations distancing thousands of kilometers from one another.
Initially kilns were made from clay and other materials that helped to support the kiln and its thermal insulation. Sometimes the kiln was just a shallow pit dug in the ground soil where ceramics and combustible materials, usually wood, coexisted.
The different habits and available raw materials led to the development of different firing procedures per area and people. Technological developments led to optimization of the combustion procedure with main modern methods of heating, like electricity and gas.
Kiln made from paper has its roots in primitive procedures of firing, meanly in African and Mexican primitive kilns.
In 1986 three women ceramists from Switzerland made small changes to the primitive kilns by using contemporary materials for the implementation, like illustration papers and metal, reinstating this specific firing technique. The significance of this firing kiln is that the flame comes in direct contact with the objects within, imprinting itself on them, producing unique results in every one.
Influences from other firing methods and experimentation on decoration techniques create a different methodology each time affected directly by the leading ceramist involved.
Apart from the firing result itself, paper kiln firing is a particularly interesting experience from preparing and decorating the objects to the actual building of the paper kiln that is a procedure which requires commitment and partnership from all the members involved.
In celebration of this effort we include a small party after the kiln is opened with food, drinks and music.