Inaugural Firing of Yukti Kiln

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This is a very exciting time at Heart Fire Sanctuary as the Fire in the Heart of the Sanctuary is ignited for the first time.

This is also a time of community gathering, celebration, and ceremony.

During the loading and the firing of the kiln the core crew also need times of quiet concentration and privacy.

There is never any guarantee of success. When you fire a wood burning kiln it’s truly a dance with elemental forces and endless variables. As woodfirers, we hone our abilities to “read and listen” to the kiln so we respond to the ever changing conditions of the atmosphere in the kiln. And still, no two firings are ever the same, no two pieces ever come out alike. Surprises are always in store.


10:00 am: start to load kiln (firing crew and Sanctuary members only)

Noon–1:00 pm: Lunch with Community

Noon–3:00 pm: Open to community

1:00–6:00 pm: Continued Loading (firing crew and Sanctuary members only)

7:00 pm: Ceremony and Ignition

6:00–9:00 pm: Open to community


Crew Members fire in 3 shifts: 11:30 pm–6:00 am, 5:30 am–3:00 pm, 2:30 pm–12:00 am (Overlapping by 30 mins). 

Community visiting times noon to 3:00 pm.

Bringing food and refreshments for the crew is greatly appreciated.

Small gifts for the kiln’s altar are also happily accepted.

Sanctuary Members, Yukti Kiln Supporters and Special Guests also welcome 3:00–7:00 pm.


9:30 am sharp: Opening the Yukti Kiln
1pm: Celebration, Potluck, and Sale

All Community is Welcome!

Parking is limited, carpool if you can.

Richard Brandt
Heart Fire Sanctuary
14305 SE 242 Ave
Damascus, Or 97089