The Birth of Another Bourry Box – So Excited!

Adrienne Gradauer and Zach Quinn, the owners of Smiling Cow Studios in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan are building a new wood kiln – a Bourry Box!  Zach came to Markus Boehm’s Workshop and left so excited.  He has only been back a week and look at the progress.  The pad, the first layer of cinder blocks and well, I will keep you posted on their progress.  This kiln is so sweet.  Hoping others will take advantage of Boehm’s environmentally friendly design:  smokeless, uses only a half cord of wood (or less if you have hardwood).  We got cone 14 flat in thirteen hours but, when we are not drying out the kiln, I believe it could be a little faster.  She is a rocket!  I would personally like to see if we can get the same results in 10.  Stay tuned/

Meanwhile, if you are out there and hankering to help someone build their kiln and you are in the area of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Google Smiling Cow Studio, and chat with Adrienne or Zach about helping.  And if you are in the area and looking for unique ceramics (or online), support this young couple.  They are very deserving.

Author: maryannsteggles

My creative life has many facets. I am a Professor of Ceramics and Art History at the School of Art, University of Manitoba. I write for a number of ceramic journals including Studio Potter, Art and Perception, Ceramics Technical, New Ceramics, and Ceramics Monthly. My research focuses on historical and contemporary Canadian woodfiring and, in particular, the marginalization of women. This year I have presented papers on the topic of the marginalization of women within the field of ceramics at the Third European Wood Fire Conference in La Borne, France, and the Creative Women Conference at the University of Guelph. I own Wheel and Throw. Contemporary Ceramic Design where I produce limited edition ceramic bottles. In the spring of 2019, I will be one of the resident artists at Hospitalfield in Abroath, Scotland. Can't wait! I can be reached at maryannsteggles@icloud.com

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