A Centre for Wood Fired Ceramics in Oxford
Oxford University Kilns was set up by Robin Wilson of Oxford University to be a centre for wood fired ceramics in Oxford, using the facilities and resources of the University owned Wytham Woods, on the edge of town.
On site we have two kilns, the original Willow Kiln, a replica of a typical Anagama kiln, and the newer Test Kiln, made of modern firebricks and smaller so it can be fired more frequently. We also have a pit for pit-firing, and experimental archaeologists from the University use the site for bronze smelting and casting. A plentiful supply of wood comes from the everyday forestry activities in the woods, which are managed in a sustainable way.
Our main activity is in firing the kilns. Firings are led by a number of our more experienced potters; some are run as open events, whereas others are restricted to a team invited by the lead potter. We also are involved with the activities of students and academics at the University, with schools in the area, and with the Ashmolean Museum.
We publish an occasional newsletter, which contains reports on past events, forthcoming opportunities to participate, and articles on wood firing. We also publish details of events on our Facebook and Instagram pages. If you want to get involved, whether you want to help in a firing or just see some of the work produced, your best bet is to follow us on social media and subscribe to the newsletter.