Jason Stokes

Ancient kiln firing brings Japanese guest

Ancient kiln firing brings Japanese guest

As Holley Navarre’s massive anagama kiln was fired for the 14th time, the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society special guest and Japanese master potter Masayoshi Shimizu included his work in the firing. This kiln is the biggest in all of Florida, longer than a small car and nearly as wide.  Its firing once a year […]

Japanese master potter visits Gulf Coast Kiln Walk to share knowledge

Japanese master potter visits Gulf Coast Kiln Walk to share knowledge

For more than a decade Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society, a nonprofit promoting the wood-fired arts, has been attracting visitors and bringing the attention of regionally acclaimed potters to the beachfront community of Navarre. But last week the nonprofit’s reach went global with the arrival of a special guest. Read the full article in the […]

Taming the fiery beast

Taming the fiery beast

In the before-dawn-hours of a cool and rainy January morning, Jason Stokes was feeding a fire-breathing beast in Holley. The creature goes by the name anagama, and it is the central pillar of an art form thousands of years old. Anagama roughly translates to “cave kiln.” Resembling a large dirt mound with a brick entrance, […]

Ceramic artists seek grant to expand outreach

Ceramic artists seek grant to expand outreach

Fire and art go hand in hand. For more than 15,000 years humans have been bending fire to their will to create beauty through ceramics. Spreading that tradition and history is one of the main purposes of the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society Inc. (Kiln Walk) of Navarre. Expanding that mission could be within reach. […]

Florida’s largest kiln comes to life

Florida’s largest kiln comes to life

When the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society set out to build a rare anagama kiln in Holley in 2004, group founder Brenda Stokes said she knew this would one day be history. After all, this would be the largest kiln in Florida and the only anagama for miles around. Read the full article in the […]

Art at 2,400 degrees

Art at 2,400 degrees

For potter Jason Stokes, being coated in clay and tending flames of 2,400 degree heat is second nature. Stokes grew up in the world of pottery, creating works of art at Holley Hill Pottery since he was very young as his father tended the flames of the kiln. “I’ve grown up around the kiln,” he […]

The Beaches to Woodlands Tour features 2 more great weekends of events

The Beaches to Woodlands Tour features 2 more great weekends of events

The fourth full weekend of the Beaches to Woodlands Tour of Santa Rosa County will feature ghostly adventures, haunted hayrides, three mazes, hikes, historical lectures, fabulous pottery at a kiln opening and more. The majority of events wrap up Halloween weekend. “The cooler weather is perfect to enjoy the outdoor events on tour – and […]