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For Immediate Release
October 25, 2017

IPFW Fires Up New Wood-Fired Ceramics 'Train Kiln'

FORT WAYNE,Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) Department of Fine Arts will be firing up their brand-new wood-fired ceramic kiln Thursday, October 26, and feeding it through Monday, October 30, for its first run.

The new kiln is known as a ‘Train Kiln’ because it looks like a train engine. It was built in June by a group of workers led by Seth Green, assistant professor of ceramics at IPFW, and Ted Neal, professor of ceramics at Ball State University. The kiln was built inside the enclosed building behind the Visual Arts building on campus. It is fired by wood and insulated by fire brick to retain heat.

“This particular kiln will help diversify the options for creating finished ceramic ware within the Department of Fine Arts,” said Green. “I’m excited to be able to offer our students another way to learn about the fine art of ceramics.”

The kiln has a firing chamber and three stacking chambers. Flames from the fire box move across the stacking chambers and can eventually be seen coming out of the chimney. Unglazed pots placed in the kiln are then glazed and finished by the flame and the ash produced. The ash melts and creates a unique glaze on the finished ceramic ware.

Members of the media are invited to cover the event. There are two terrific opportunities for the best visuals and interviews on Friday, October 27:

  • The kiln will be fed with wood from 5 to 7 a.m. while it is still dark outside.
  • The fire is expected to be at its most dramatic from 1 to 3 p.m., with flames coming out of the chimney.

Media check-in will be in Room 102 of the Visual Arts Building on the north side of campus.

For additional information, contact Seth Green at 260-481-6876 or or Susan Domer at 260-481-6025 or