Brooks Pottery Kiln

Brooks Pottery Kiln (HM2A8W)

Location: Sturbridge, MA 01566 Worcester County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 6.311', W 72° 5.848'

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This strange-shaped brick structure is a kiln for baking - or firing - the redwood pottery made in the shop across the road.The kiln functions much like an oven. The open center is where the potter stacks his pots, jars, jugs, and other fully dried work. Once the kiln is full, the potter bricks the large opening shut.The potter then builds fires in the two smaller openings on the sides. Over a day or two he fuels the fires with one to four cords of wood to bring the temperature inside the kiln to about 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit. At this peak temperature the clay is permanently hardened and the glaze is melted on.After cooling down for a few days, the pottery can then be removed. The potter discards damaged pieces on the "waster" pile next to the woodshed. He will sell or trade the good quality items.This kiln is a reproduction built by Old Sturbridge Village staff based on archaeological evidence they excavated at the site if Harvey Brooks' pottery in Goshen, Connecticut.
HM NumberHM2A8W
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Date Added Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 739995 N 4665532
Decimal Degrees42.10518333, -72.09746667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 6.311', W 72° 5.848'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 6' 18.66" N, 72° 5' 50.88" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge MA 01566, US
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