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)