Allamakee Wood-Fired Pottery
Five times a year, artisans Nate and Hallie Evans build a really big fire.
The Evans hand-throw pots, bowls and vases of varying size and shape. One by one the shelves inside their workshop are filled. When it's time, the Evans start a ten-day firing process in a kiln they built themselves. Constructed in 2004, this catenary-arch kiln is over twenty feet long and can fit 700 pieces of pottery. It's a stone's throw from the Evans' home─a necessary arrangement since the fire will require stoking nearly every 10 minutes for several days. This wood-fired technique, steeped in folk tradition, results in a beautiful variability of colorings. The Evans' pottery is not only lovely, but also functional and strong and because of the high firing temperature. The dishes are microwave safe and the plant potters can withstand winter conditions that would crack terra cotta.
Visit the Allamakee Wood-Fired Pottery website at www.allamakeewoodfiredpottery.com