pottery

Wood firing truly one of a kind

Wood firing truly one of a kind

Even with 47 years of experience under her belt, pottery artist Maria Spies said she still is never sure what is going to come out of the kiln after firing. She and an army of her fellow artists and interested buyers hand unloaded hundreds of works of art from the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk’s groundhog […]

Arts unite from half a world away

Arts unite from half a world away

More than a decade later, a group of familiar faces from across the southeast and across the world gathered at Gulf Coast Kiln Walk for the 14th Annual Woodstoke Festival to celebrate the arts of two continents. Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society founder and president Brenda Stokes addressed the crowd of artists and visitors at […]

Festival delights pottery enthusiasts

Festival delights pottery enthusiasts

Nearly a week after the firing of Gulf Coast Kiln Walk’s two massive wood-fired kilns, the pieces were cool enough to unload and show off at the annual Woodstoke Festival Saturday. Hundreds of people from across the U.S. helped to unload the works of art from the anagama “cave kiln” and historic Ralph Howard Phillips […]

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 […]