firetrunk 2

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I call these stoves ‘fire trunks’ as a trunk often conserves something valuable.  I like the idea of the fire as something precious that has to be sheltered, but also tamed and controlled. The surfaces of the fire trunks show the effects of fire.

The terra sigillata surface of the exterior of fire trunk 2 bears traces of the flames that moved across it, scorching the tiles and transforming their original white colour into shades of grey and black.

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Fire trunk 2 in the Serviten monastery in Vienna

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prepared for smoking the tiles

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Walter Mottl, Vienna’s Terra Sigillata expert, in his studio