Ceramic kiln

Traditional potters continue to produce ceramic vessels in the community of Hebron, Palestine. Behind the shop where the throwing wheels were located, I found this concrete block kiln. It was fueled by wood and superheated by means of a fan (lower left). Access to the firebox was gained through the door in the side of the kiln, while access to the vessels themselves was gained through a hatch on top. 

The design is identical to kilns that have been used in the region for thousands of years (now you know where the forests went!).

I shot this image as a slide somewhere between 1996 and 1997.