‘Anagamania’ -3- 穴窯築き: Farewell!My Moby Dick さらば!白鯨

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I was pretty busy past few weeks, as I have to build a new blog and a new website for the wood-fire potters who are badly affected by the ‘Eastern Japan Earthquake’ last month.

Just a day after the earthquake hit East Japan, I started to take my first kiln which was built in 1995 and left standing for a a several years. And it could be the best timing and season for me to move my Anagama into my secret wood.
Farewell ‘Moby Dick’ my first Anagama! … I will see you soon again as a reborn ‘Moby in the wood’ this spring.

Please visit our new blog ‘Ganbare! Kamataki’ and website ‘Kamataki Aid’ for the potters who were most badly affected by the Easten Japan Earthquake. It is not only Mashiko was affected, but also many other less known potteries (for foreigners) in the North were even worsely affected.

1995年この英国に最初に築いた穴窯・白鯨窯は共同窯の心算でしたから、完成直後には興味本位で手伝いに来る人もいました。どうも、英国人には苦手な薪作りや十日程の窯焚きという重労働が伴うため、数年すると誰も参加しなくなりました。
私としては、それでも独りで気楽に出来るので続けていましたが、やはり一人では手に余るほどの大きさだったので、年に何度も穴窯を焚く事が出来ず不都合な窯になってしまいました。不満解消に始めた楽窯による抹茶椀づくりに、暫らく熱中してみましたが、不満解消どころか、ますます本格的な窯焚きに心が向いて行く自分を発見するばかりです。
そこで、一念発起、小さくても年に数回は焚ける穴窯築きを心に決め、無用の長物となった白鯨窯の解体となった訳です。

東日本大震災の被害に遭われた、北関東と東北の陶芸家皆さんの、工房と薪窯の復興の一助にでも成ればと、英国の友人陶芸家五人とで義援金活動を始めました。窯焚きエイド(英語ウェッブサイト)がんばれ!窯焚き(日英両用ブログ)を立ち上げましたので、遠慮なく活用して頂ければ幸いです。

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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