A Scrapbook of Brick Images

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American brickmaking techniques were first developed in Flanders prior to the 1400's. The earliest image of these techniques is from a bible illumination printed in 1425. The picture purpoted to show the Jews making bricks in Egypt, but as was common in medieval art it showed the dress and practices modern to the 1400's. The clay is mixed with water in the foreground, moulded by hand in the shed - a four sided mould is probably used - and stacked for drying on the left. The kiln is on the right, and the finished bricks lie by the two gentlemen. In the coloured original flames can be seen coming from the lower door of the kiln, and the upper opening is coloured red.

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Moulding Table at Colonial Williamsburg
with double brickmould

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Brick mould made by Mr. Greg Potasnik
c.1989

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Dressers to finish bricks while drying
Mr. Greg Potasnik

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Moulded bricks in "hackstead" before firing
Colonial Williamsburg

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Bill Weldon and assistant assembling outer walls
of a scove kiln using fired bricks.
Colonial Williamsburg


Detail of kiln arch
Colonial Williamsburg

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Fired Brick demonstrating "Wood Ash Glaze"

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Exterior Wall

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The finished product

 

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Brickmaking re-enacters circa 1989
Mountain Craft Days, Somerset PA

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Table by Mr. Greg Potasnik

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Nicole Bonomo

 

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"Suite Home Chicago." 2001

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