‘Anagamania’ -12- 穴窯築き : Progress So Far 構築の過程

I took time with my progress of my latest Anagama ‘Moby’ as I work alone in the woods.

A big soft candle flame wrapped with heavy hard bricks
It was my simple Anagama concept but it was not easy in practice.

Layer by layer, I had to place the ultra heavy bricks. 2 front air-ducts and another 2 spy-holes were made. Chipping the heavy gricks into the shape I wanted was not an easy job. My kiln site has no electricity and I have to do most of my work by a pair of hands. I also must wear clear goggles when I chipped and shaped the bricks with masonry tools.
I am careful about The front wall which must be curved and has no blind corners where often cool air lingers during the firing.
Anagama ‘Moby’ has a fire-mouth (which devided into upper and lower in front) but has no ash-pit. I have never designed a proper firebox nor dampers for my Anagama.

The former was dismantled by getting inside from the front and taken all outside ‘Moby’. The suppoting pillers were designed and constructed by considering this dismantling stage in advance.

I have a blow hole to see the atmosphere of the main chamber.

I still have to work on a few details like a chimney, an interior wall (flues) and a mortar cover over bricks for insulation. Yet I can safely say that the hardest part of Anagama building was over.
I did not want to use any modern kiln materials (soft white bricks & kiln blanket), so ‘Moby’ was mainly build with bricks and mortar (fireclay and sand).

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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3 Responses to ‘Anagamania’ -12- 穴窯築き : Progress So Far 構築の過程

  1. Eric LE RUMEUR says:

    Hello from France!
    Your kiln is top!
    Have great firings in the future!

  2. Just beautiful, I really look forward to seeing some fired work from Moby when you’re finished.

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