Meet Archie the Finnish Clay Oven

It’s amazing what can be achieved when a group of people with a shared passion come together.

Earlier this week Katharina posted a message on the blog to share the story of an amazing clay oven she and a group of friends have built in Finland.  They have christened him Archie!

Archie was built as part of a project called “5” which, in Katharina’s words is:

“to inspire thought about culture, identity, and the objects we consume, with a shared experience of eating. Food as an ephemeral product, consumed by our very own bodies, represents an everyday experience that connects people and memories. We are what we eat – so who are we?”

All good stuff I’m sure you’ll agree!  What I really love about this project though is the fact that most of the volunteers who came together to build the oven had never met before.  I believe that most of them had heard about the project through online social networks and decided to get involved out of curiosity and a shared passion for food and the issues of local food production/ food security.

The other astonishing thing is that the oven is built in a very urban area of Finland which goes to show that clay ovens have a place in cities as well as rural areas.

Katharina has pulled together a blog and uploaded lots of photos so please have a look, be inspired and send her and the team some clay oven love!

The Blog:
The photos:

Archie with his makers


5 thoughts on “Meet Archie the Finnish Clay Oven

  1. hi Simon, great website! I tried to donate but got a fatal error several times so I gave up! If you’re ever in the area I’ll buy you a pint!! do you offer to build these as a business? I’m thinking about putting something on my eco-JaM website to promote bread & Pizza ovens. The other option is to link to your PDF file – but you ain’t gonna get rich doing that!!


    • Yes it’s odd some people have had that error. Nevermind! Thanks for trying – its the thought that counts (as my Gran says!). I ran a one day course last year and might expand to a few more next summer. In the mean time just link through to the blog. I’m keen for people to enjoy the blog and instructions and any contribution is just a bonus.

      Thanks for dropping by.


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