‘Anagamania’ -19- 森で冬期作陶 – No Winter Hibernation –

After completing my Anagama ‘Moby’ this summer, I have been trying to concetrate on potting at my open-air studio in the woods. Now it is time for me to prove my ‘Moby’ is almost perfect for reproducing beauty of Japanese Mediaeval vessels I admire. So I have already made my plan to fire it twice before June next year. It seems that I have no time to be in hibernation (comfortably at home) this winter.

In June and July 2015, I have a couple of commissions to build my kind of Anagama.
Firstly, As I am invited as one of the guest demonstrators to the International Ceramics Festival 2015 in Aberystwyth in Wales, I have a ‘Mini-Anagama’ building workshop, 2 weeks prior for the event. (only limited number of appricants will be accepted for the workshop – more about the course details will be announced soon) It is going to be approx. 15 foot [4.5meter] long Anagama for 4~5 day firing. (but I call it ‘mini’ as a smallest and proper Anagama I will design and build) I hope this Mini-Anagama will benefit many wood-fire enthusiasts.
And secondly, in July, immediately after Aberystwyth, I am asked to supervise an Anagama building for Lawrence Barrow (who is at the moment studying and working on Japanese pottery in Kyoto and Shigaraki) and a proper Anagama (slightly bigger than Aberystwyth Anagama) will be built for his need. He has already bought the secondhand bricks from my first Anagama ‘Moby Dick’ (1996~2011) and decided his Anagama location on one of his family properties in Wiltshire.
All photos taken by James Hazlewood

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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