Community Kiln #1

Central Saint Martins, London, 2018


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Greg Ross and Lina Viluma (Central Saint Martins)     Download Original

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The Community Kiln evolved out of Ignition: a partnership between Central Saint Martin’s Ceramics Department and Global Generations Skip Garden, Kings Cross that has grown out of the success of CSM’s Local Encounters programme of creative engagement.

Following various events and local engagement activities in the area as part of Ignition, a new collaboration was formed between the College’s BA Ceramic Design and M Arch: Architecture courses to design and build the first community kiln in the King’s Cross area.

The community kiln project comprises the kiln, which was designed and built by Duncan Hooson and Andy Allum of BA Ceramic Design; and the Kiln House, which was designed and built by M Arch: Architecture first year students.

The kiln is constructed from loose laid, insulated fire bricks, set in a steel framework. The kiln is fully functional and capable of various firings – including Raku firing, which is a process suited to the outdoor nature of the site.

The Kiln House is a timber structure and roof around the kiln which shelters the areas for communal activities. The ground is paved with ceramics, and provides an even, hard wearing and decorative working area. The timber structure incorporates surfaces for working and shelf space for storage, while the roof provides an open, airy yet sheltered space around the kiln.

The Kiln House was designed and built in two phases. Phase one was a seven-week long detail design and fabrication worksho,p which took place over July and August 2018, by dedicated M Arch: Architecture Unit 3 students. Phase two – the site assembly – was a two-day long workshop in October 2018 by BA (Hons) Architecture’s design Studio 1 and students from Takeshi Hayatsu’s M Arch: Architecture Unit 1.


  • Begun: Aug 2018
  • Completed: Oct 2018
  • Floor area: 14m2
  • Sectors: Arts and culture, Education
  • Total cost: £2,500
  • Funding: Bricks donated by Wienerberger; wood reused from CSM Degree Show; Sand/cement boards purchased from suppliers.
  • Procurement: Design-build
  • Address: Global Generations Skip Garden, 1 Tapper Walk, London, N1C 4AQ, United Kingdom

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