An update from Alistair Whyte
I am embarking on the most difficult part of the project – sending all the bricks out to build a woodfiring kiln in SW Bay Malekula, Vanuatu. So far I have packed up in boxes around 1300 firebricks, along with shelves, fibre lid for the firing chamber, arch formers and steel bracing, which has all gone to a church container heading for Port Vila.
I still have to send out fireclay and am saving up now for an 8Kva diesel generator so that I have power the other end that will also drive the welder I will carry out with me.
With a (Steve Harrison-designed) woodfiring kiln it should put the village on a much more sustainable basis to fire quantities of pots to sell locally and to tourists. It is a hard slog doing this largely without a lot of outside help, though I am most grateful for those potters in past years who have given up their time to come with me to teach technique and help sort out issues with local clay etc. So this year is likely to be a real challenge (just getting everything out there successfully), putting this all together.
A note from Vicki Grima, EO, The Australian Ceramics Association:
Alistair is currently raising funds for equipment through POZIBLE.
Follow this link which explains the project and donate if you can.