This austere portrait of the old Kolval kilns in the Yakima valley was painted circa 1940-50. Only the cones of the kiln remain this day, ghosts of a formerly active factory. This type of kilns, called beehive kilns could have been used for anything from charcoal, drying plant matter or firing pottery. Although a few extant kilns in the Yakima valley match the shape, most buildings have fallen away, making an accurate identification impossible. This archival treated watercolor will retain its color with more fidelity than a similar non-treated piece.
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