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Fire it up

Published 7:00pm Saturday, September 8, 2012

A night of firing pottery under the light of the flame

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For one night a year artist and pottery creator John Sullivan makes a 24-hour run to fire pieces in his own cross-draft cantenary-arch kiln.

Needing to sustain a temperature of 2,300 degrees, Sullivan has to keep the kiln constant throughout the night without sleep, to fire the pieces.

But Sullivan is hardly alone as family and friends joined him throughout the night to help keep things rolling and fun.

This year Sullivan fired between 270 and 275 pieces under a near cloudless night with mild temperatures.

Here is a pictoral review of the night using little more than the fire Sullivan worked with for light.

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