‘Anagamania’ -21- 空焚き – Kiln Dry Firing –

In winter chill, most of my spare time is usually spent, no potting, only sorting some old pottery photos and putting them in my PC folders. I used to have comfortable winter pastime at home.

But this winter, I will carry on working alone at my kiln site in my (secret) woods. I would like to do 2 firings with my anagama ‘Moby’ and a few Raku firings by the end of May, as I have a couple of anagama building
scheduled in summer.
In June, a mini-anagama for the International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth and in July, a small anagama in Wiltshire for Lawrence Barrow who has been studying Japanese pottery in Kyoto for some time.

So I am likely to spend more time in the woods but I am sure that I will enjoy my solitude there as I still see some wild animals around. My only wish is that I won’t be freezed to death in my tent when it snows. (Gas)

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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