Time to open the kiln in Swanville

Jun 14, 2012
Photo by: Peggy McKenna Jody Johnstone is pictured at her wheel.

Swanville — Potter Jody Johnstone will hold her Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24 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 to 1995, and she 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 and their surfaces are 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, visit jodyjohnstonepottery.com or call 338-5314.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.


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