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a pottery kiln

Figure 15. A wood-fired kiln and its creator. (Photograph by the author. More about the photograph)

Figure 15 shows another kind of kiln used by Piedmont potters. This wood-fired kiln operates on a cross-draft airflow with a fire at one end creating hot air that flows to a chimney at the other end. In this respect it is similar to the early “groundhog” kilns of the Piedmont. But this kiln is actually a modified version of a fourteenth-century kiln used by Chinese potters in what is now northern Thailand. This Piedmont version was designed and built by Mark Hewitt, the man who stands proudly in the left background.