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Fire sculpture revealed

firesculpture2.jpgfiresculpture1.jpgBOONE—Under the supervision of Danish artist Nina Hole, students from Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville, Western Carolina University, Blue Ridge Community College, Haywood Community College and Penland School of Crafts constructed a 20-foot tower of firing clay, and maintained a 2,000-degree fire for 24 hours as the sculpture was fired in place.

Starting in 1994, Hole began experimenting with new construction techniques and materials made possible by the space program. Her goal was to be able to go anywhere and build monumental ceramic sculpture that could be built and fired in place within one to two weeks.

The architectural form was created over a brick foundation that doubled as a kiln floor. When the construction was completed, the whole piece was wrapped in a soft white high-temperature refractory fabric that served as the outside of the kiln.

Hole’s residency was sponsored by the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Hendersonville. The permanent sculpture is located near Wey Hall on the Appalachian campus.

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Photos by Beck Long