Out of the Fire

This inspiring documentary film by Courtenay Singer features renowned wood-firing potter Kevin Crowe, and his apprentice Krista Loomans. The film follows a four day wood-kiln firing of nearly 2000 pots, in which six months worth of work—and income—are at stake. The film provides a glimpse into the artist’s life: a path of focus, autonomy, inspiration, perspiration, community, risk, and reward.

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Runtime: Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes

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Kevin Crowe

About the Artist

Kevin Crowe works in the Blue Ridge foothills, where he lives with his wife Linda. His sons Bram and Kai live in Nelson County and Charlottesville. Kevin produces wood-fired functional stoneware with strong Asian and English roots. His work ranges from 4-inch teabowls to 48-inch vases. Kevin’s pots are fired in a 450 cubic foot, 3- chamber combination anagama and noborigama kiln. Firings last 7 days, consuming 8 cords of wood and firing 1500 and 2000 pots.The kiln is fired twice a year when the moon is right and it’s not soccer season. For more, please visit

Courtenay Singer is an award-winning producer, director, and writer of non-fiction films and television programs.

  • Shaima A.

    I cried twice. I have never been more eager to have this experience at least once and forever in my life as a potter but mainly as a human. Thank you for this amazing movie and for capturing those moments

  • Thank you! What a lovely, inspiring film and such gorgeous pots too. I know I was smiling all the way through

  • This was such a delight! The energy around firing the wood kiln reminds me of the energy of a labor and birth. Beautiful.

  • Fo anyone intrigued by wood firing kilns, this is a MUST video! Masterfully done… hitting all the important points… and a hugely humane portrayal, you won’t want to miss this!

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