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Kiln Firing Day

Wednesday, June 26 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Experience a traditional kiln firing!

Guests who join us on Wednesday, June 26, will have the chance to see something very special happening in the Potter’s Shop located in our 19th-century Historic Village – we’re going to be loading and firing the wood-fired kiln!

Genesee Country Village & Museum is the only living history museum in the northeast that fires salt-glazed stoneware in a wood-fired kiln as it was done in the 19th century. Join us on this exciting day to experience this unique historical happening! 

Loading and firing the kiln

Starting early in the morning, the kiln (filled with newly-crafted ceramic pieces) will be bricked up and lit. The flames will be stoked continuously throughout the day.

The end temperature will reach nearly 2300°, which will mature the clay, turn the cobalt decoration into the traditional blue, and create a glazed surface by introducing salt into the firebox during the last hour of firing.

After cooling for quite some time, these brand-new pieces will make their way to the Flint Hill Store and Village Mercantile, where they will be available for purchase! 

See the Village come together

On the special occasion of a kiln firing, our potters are hard at work all day – so the rest of the Village steps up to help! The cooks in Jones Farmhouse and the Livingston Backus House will be preparing historical dishes that they’ll deliver to the potters during the kiln firing to keep them fueled for a day of hard work. Stop by to hang out by the kiln, bring your own lunch over, and learn from our potters during this communcal activity! 

Pottery Sale in the Flint Hill Store

Wednesday, June 26 - Saturday, July 6

We need to make space for all of the beautiful new pottery coming out of the Kiln Firing! Visit the Flint Hill Store on Kiln Firing Day to shop village-made pottery and enjoy 10% off all pottery – in store only! 

This pottery sale will run until the kiln is open and unloaded on Saturday, July 6. Come out and get yourself a beautiful new piece of salt-glazed stoneware, Albany Slip, Redware, or Bristol pottery! 

Explore the history of stoneware production in NY State

When you visit on Kiln Firing Day, make sure to head upstairs in our Town Hall building to explore an exhibit on 19th-century stoneware in the Genesee Valley and Greater Rochester Area! Then, as you make your way around our historic homes and functional kitchens, keep your eye out for repeated shapes, motifs, and uses of stoneware, red ware, Bristol, and Albany slip. 

Take home a piece of history

Village Potters Kate Hevers and Mark Presher work on-site during the Museum’s high season (May – October) crafting unique ceramic pieces and educating visitors about their materials and methods.

Salt glazing has its origins in Germany around 1520, and the technology was brought to this region by German potters. Stoneware vessels were a kitchen essential used primarily for long-term storage of food as well as everyday use. Each piece of GCV&M pottery is unique, and the potters produce a variety of styles including Salt Glazed Stoneware, Albany Slip, Bristol, and Redware. The materials used to create the pottery are locally sourced, and each design featured on pottery references historical markings on ceramic pieces from the New York State region in the 19th century.

Ticket Information

Museum Members: FREE

Adults: $16

Seniors (62+): $10

Students (13 – 18): $14

Youth (3 – 12): $10

Kids 2 and Under: FREE 

FAQs

Is there ample parking?

Parking is free and plentiful! Park in any of the main lots at the front of the Museum. Please leave the first two bays available for handicapped parking. 

How do I show my purchased tickets?

Please have your ticket(s) either printed out OR pulled up on your phone screen and ready for scanning for quick and easy check-in. Pro-tip: take a screenshot of each of your tickets to have ready and pulled up on your phone screen! Please note: Wifi can sometimes be spotty at the front of the Museum. 

Is this event rain or shine?

Yes! This event is rain or shine. The Museum will only cancel in case of a severe weather emergency.

How should I dress?

Please dress accordingly for the predicted weather conditions.  

We recommend wearing a good pair of walking shoes – there is a lot to see and do, and surfaces in the Historic Village (brick paths, cobblestone, grass), can be uneven. 

Are service animals welcome?

Yes! Leashed service animals are welcome with proper identification. 

What if I need a refund for my ticket?

We’re sorry to hear that you’re not able to attend! Tickets may be refunded only up to 7 days prior to the event date and are strictly non-transferable by date, entry time, or program. 

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