When the ceramics program needed a new soda firing kiln, Visiting Lecturer Chaz Martinsen rallied to rebuild it brick by brick, starting last summer.
Over the course of three semesters, a dedicated group of faculty and students tore down the original structure and transformed bricks and mortar into a new kiln for the ceramics courtyard located in Eskenazi Fine Arts Center.
Here, Martinsen offers insights into what it took to rebuild and rekindle the kiln.
This project has been a massive undertaking with huge amounts of work by multiple people, over many months of time. The work ranged from the exciting teardown of the old catenary arch kiln to the sorting and stacking of salvaged brick, along with the seemingly endless stacking, restacking, and shuffling of pallets full of brick, old and new. It has been a journey of pinched fingers, bruised toes, and cold hands.