Saturday, September 21, 2013

Concept to Cooking: Part Six- the brick oven face

If anyone has noticed my absence from blogging since August, it is due to my entering graduate school for an MFA.  As a result, I work on brick ovens in the day and graduate work at night.
Occasionally, the two may intersect as stonework is one of my art forms.

The technical aspects of building a brick oven continue in the making of the oven face, but here is where artistry can have it's day.
Ancient bakery oven in Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii inspired New England oven by TBO

Current project- woodbox arch below
Colonial design by TBO
brick stone and stucco face

Ventura oven face

Humans are hard-wired to respond to cultural connections, textural surfaces, and color.
Each of these plays a part in the design and material choices for your brick oven.