Monday, July 16, 2012


Here's what Hall Kern says about Fornax (see name of side of oven):
"fornax is Latin for oven or furnace. Capitalized, as on my oven, Fornax is the Roman goddess of ovens. It is her job to see to it that the grain harvest is bountiful, the bread doesn't burn in the oven, and the fire in the oven doesn't escape and burn down one's home. It is the wise baker indeed who makes an offering of flour to Fornax before baking. If the baking goes well, then obviously  she accepted the offering; but if, on the other hand,  the food burns, well then she has rejected the offering."
Photo of Hall's recently completed oven. In terms of style, I would say that this is the first oven I've seen that would fall into the genre of "outsider art." I love it.