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Fire Magic Symposium 2001
laying the adobe and tiling the kiln roof

1. A layer of adobe brick is layed over the cast roof of the kiln to provide back up insulation. Many house in Hungary are still built from traditional methods using unfired clay/straw adobe brick. This technique was the inspiration for for the Fire Magic kiln roof.

2. Over the brick a layer of plastic adobe mix is rendered. This will give the final shape to the kin roof.

3. Olsen smoothes the final layer, shaping it with wooden battens to reach the required shape and angle.

4. The completed insulation layer. The plastic drain tubes are used for casting the concrete for the decorative pillars on each of the corners of the kiln walls.

5. The tops of the columns have decorative capitals added.

6. The final mix of adobe has its straw foot wedged into it ready for underpacking the roof tiles.

7. The tiling of the roof. Traditional earthenware tiles are layed over the adobe insulation.

8. Olsen was specific in the use of traditional building methods for the 'look' of the Fire Magic kiln.

The completed Fire magic kiln.
The temporary roof will be removed and a new purpose built structure
will be constructed to blend in with the kiln.

The Fire Magic kiln will be fired again during the 2002
Fred Olsen Kiln Course at the ICS.
Look here for details