Home (kiln site) and Away (Czech studio)

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Kiln Site (kamaba) – I have a latest kiln site for ‘my Anagama project’ in a secret location near home.  I decided to make this kiln personal and private this time, so no-one can interfere my favourite outdoor work in nature.  I will be working alone here most of time, but a couple of assistants (who passed my test) or close potter-friends will be invited when I do ‘my Anagama firing’ for 8 days or more.
Shed – Before I moved the shed into the wood, I had to separate the big wasp’s nest from the back of the shed door.  The smaller nest is in the photo is more common.  There are still 2 small nests in the shed but I am keeping them.
Czech Studio – I also wood-fire my pots in the Czech Republic now.  I found really beautiful raw clay locally, have been working with Czech friends and the place I stay has become almost my second studio. I was there in July and last month. I have a simple kick-wheel to make my pots. I was very lucky to find the local raw clay, a sieve I needed and ‘Jurta’ kindly bought a brand new Shinpo pug-mill for my use.  I am going back there to wood-fire my pots in December.
And I will have a lot more to do next year with Raku firing and Anagama building in the U.K. and the Czech Republic.  I am going to learn Czech and found a phrase book with an audio CD at Foyles bookshop in Charing Cross Road.
(photos by Lukas and myself)

About Gas

Hi, I am a wood-fire potter, living and working in the Japanese tradition in Tring, Hertfordshire (UK). Following mediaeval potter's wisdom, I design and build simple wood-fired kilns called 'anagama' for long period of firing and 'raku-gama' for quick (glazed tea bowl) firing. My anagama firing usually takes 9 - 10 days.
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2 Responses to Home (kiln site) and Away (Czech studio)

  1. Brigitte says:

    I like your office in the woods Gas, very ecofriendly ….!

  2. jane says:

    new pots look very interesting and beautiful, Gas and I love your new worksite!

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