The latest arrival in the workshop of Artenova: an 8 cubic metre kiln
2015/05/06 air / cubic metres / earth / fire / firing chamber / impruneta / new kiln / processing cycle / temperature / Terracotta
For several weeks now Artenova has been working with a new kiln, which has taken the place of the previous one. It has a capacity of 8 cubic metres and can hold up to four 8-hectolitre amphorae (the largest ones they produce). The kiln accomplishes the last delicate stage of the processing cycle of terracotta, the firing which must be done gradually over a period of 3 days.
The jars, once they are perfectly dried, are placed in the firing chamber of the new kiln where they reach a temperature of about a thousand degrees. This collaboration of earth, air and fire produces the wonderful pale pink colour, typical of the terracotta of Impruneta.