Johnstone’s holiday weekend kiln opening

Nov 14, 2012
Jody Johnstone will hold her annual holiday kiln opening show and sale the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Swanville — Potter Jody Johnstone will hold her Holiday Kiln Opening show and sale Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at her studio at 135 Webster Road.

Johnstone apprenticed in Bizen, Japan, to National Living Treasure Jun Isezaki in 1994 and 1995 and completed the construction and design of her 24-foot-long anagama tunnel kiln in 1997. The kiln is fired twice a year, and each eight-day firing requires a crew of four potters and more than six cords of wood. Most of the pots are unglazed, with unique and earthy surfaces a result of each piece's specific location in the kiln and the flame and ash interacting with the clay over the long firing.

On display will be a large selection of functional work including tableware ranging from bowls, cups and plates to pitchers and teapots and a wide selection of flower vases and garden jars. There will be kiln tours and refreshments. For directions or more information, call 338-5314 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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