The project replaced the outdoor kiln structures for the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. The college’s MFA program in Ceramic Art has a distinguished history as a premier institution for education in the art and today, is ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report.
The existing area consisted of a group of several metal and wood constructed sheds with varying floor elevations within a tight footprint, bordered by a creek bank, parking lot and Harder Hall. Accommodations for existing equipment in the new facility included 6 gas-fired downdraft soda/salt kilns, a single-chamber wood-fired kiln, a double-chamber wood-fired salt kiln and a Raku gas-fired kiln with room for expansion
Due to the caustic atmosphere created by the salt kilns, a heavy timber structure was designed for the new facility. A clerestory and slatted walls allow daylight to enter the building while protecting the year-round use of the kilns from harsh weather. Coiling doors allow for wood delivery and an outdoor secure, covered storage area accommodates glass cullet and surplus firebrick storage.
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— Jan June, Director of Facilities at Finger Lakes Community College