Jessica Steinhauser has dreamt of building these incredible Kachelofen, a wood-burning ceramic stove, since she completed her specialized pottery apprenticeship as a youth in Germany. Jessica established Stonehouse Pottery shortly after arriving in Canada in the late 1980’s. Pottery has been her full-time profession for over 30 years. Jessica’s practice has been focused on creating Kachelofen for the last 11 years, and the sole focus of Jessica’s studio for the last 3 years. She has always been drawn to functional forms and shapes. She admits that designing and building Kachelofen has been a natural progression for her, “I love the challenge of creating an object that fits so naturally into an architectural space that it feels like it has always been there.”
A Kachelofen is a beautiful clay stove that burns wood extremely efficiently - allowing for a clean and long lasting radiant heat. The heat is stored in the clay Kachel (clay brick) thermal mass, and then slowly radiates into the space for the next 8 to 24 hours. As the Kachelofen is made of clay bricks, the design possibilities are endless. A custom Kachelofen can be a work of art.
Growing up in Nürnberg, Germany Steinhauser had a Kachelofen in her house. The memories of this easy, comforting heating method are what inspired her to expand her business to offer custom built Kachelöfen to her clients.