Reconstructing and Firing a Greek Kiln

SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10:30am - 1:00pm

The fourth presentation in the AIA/SunWatch Winter 2020 Lecture Series presented by Dr. Lisa Kahn, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at George Mason University.

All students of Greek archaeology know something about the process of ancient vase decoration for Black-figure and Red-figure wares. What they probably don’t know is that this technology was discovered through the use of modern electric kilns and that although the chemistry of the process was understood; there was no comprehension of the actual firing. This lecture presents the steps taken in order to recreate and fire a “Greek kiln.” Working with ceramic artist John Wissinger, Lisa Kahn and he created and learned how to efficiently fire the kiln that they had built.

Thanks to the Archaeological Institute of America and the generosity of an anonymous donor, admission to the 2020 Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Regular admission fees apply for guests who wish to visit the museum and village during the regular business hours. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pastries will be provided; guests are welcome to bring a beverage.

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