‘Anagamania’ -4- 穴窯築き: Songs from the Wood 森の春

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Bluesbells are blooming to the full. Regular visitors, fallow deer are passing in flocks through the wood.
As usual, I am working alone until I feel I am happy with my day… … …What else do I need here?

春うらら、咲き乱れるブルーベルの海の隣、私の窯場は、昼でもうす暗い森の中に在る。誰も望んで訪れては来ない寂しげな処ですが、私には何処よりも集中して作陶出来る貴重な空間です。ここに来れば文明の恩恵から暫し離れ、周りの自然を堪能でき、気が済むまで仕事をしたら、家に戻って遅い夕食の支度をするだけの生活。これ以上他に何を望めましょうか。

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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