As a former student of Richard Rowland's, and also having been involved in the use of the Anagama Kiln, I would be very upset to see the kiln become obsolete because of the fact that new houses are supposedly being built near it ("Dragon Kiln could face extinction," The Daily Astorian, Jan. 3).
Workers from around the world come to use such the unusual piece of property. The art community would be losing a great part of their outreach if it were lost. Astoria and Clatsop County would certainly feel the loss as well.
The class given at Clatsop Community College is one of the best art classes, and we former students would be saddened if the Rowlands were denied the use of so much of their time and resources to a housing development.
I have pottery in my home today that I made and then sat and helped load the Dragon. It is an experience I treasure. The Dragon should be kept for many years of future use.