Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
Keep away from winter’s cold
But ash wet or ash dry
A king shall warm his slippers by.
Logs to burn, Logs to burn, Logs to burn,
Logs to save the coal a turn.
Here’s a word to make you wise,
When you hear the woodman’s cries.
Never heed his usual tale,
That he has good logs for sale.
But read these lines and really learn,
The proper kind of logs to turn.
-Excerpts from “The Firewood Poem” by Lady Celia Congreve
This group show is the continuation of a show that originated with Phil Rogers as a guest curator. To pay tribute to Phil’s keen eye, we have created a list of makers that is packed with incredible talent, diversity, and utilizes the oldest method of firing: with wood. As the name suggests, firing with wood has its own cadence. Between cutting and stacking wood, making work, firing kilns, stoking the firebox, and ultimately unloading the fired pots–they are drawn to the ritualistic demands of this process. Our wood fire makers are in a league of their own, dedicated to hard work, labor-intensive processes, experimentation, and deep introspection. We hope you take time to appreciate the fruits of their labor.
Participating makers include Linda Christianson, Bede Clarke, Jil Franke, Fitch and McAndrew, Randy Johnston, Mami Kato, Sandy Lockwood, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Ted Neal, Osamu Inayoshi, Shinsuke Iwami, and Elena Renker.