I have just started my latest anagama project with a new kiln design and working in a secret location in the wood.
This time I would like my kiln to be very private and personal. I had a rather bitter experience with people for my previous 3 kilns. People were curious about my Anagama with their different reasons but did not quite grasp how much hard work involved in anagama building and in producing wood-fired pots. In the U.K. most people soon got bored and could not bear watching someone work constantly. They often suggested me some ideas to reduce my laborious work quickly. I listened to them but still carried on my way of working. It seemed that I upset them and became their annoyance.
This is the main reason why I have decided not to invite any visitors (who are just curious) to my pottery.
I prefer working quietly with a couple of apprentices (who passed my test) and I love having few close friends around my kiln.