‘Anagamania’ -23- 夏の穴窯築き:Anagama Projects (summer 2015)

I am going to be rather busy with 2 Anagama projects in summer this year.

The first project is with the International Ceramics Festival 3rd-5th July in Aberystwyth as the festival committee asked me to build (a) mini-Anagama for this renowned event.

My Mini-Anagama Workshop starts on Friday, 19th of June [2 weeks prior to the festival] and finishes on Sunday 5th of July [along with the closing of the festival.
I am going to design (a) mini-anagama, one of smallish but serious Anagama. I will be building it for all wood-fire enthusiasts. It will be a modified version of my Amagama ‘Moby’ (2014~) with Mediaeval features plus pyrometers and sidestoking holes [just in case of needing them].
Mini-Anagama at Aberystwith Art Centre
The workshop will be an intensive course in 15 days. All participants will be able to learn some theories and practical skills including ‘building mini-Anagama’ ‘potting with traditional methods’ and ‘4 day wood-firing’, so all participants would [should] be able to build their own mini-anagama by themselves and enjoy own wood-firings without spending a big budget, in the very near future.
I hope I would be able to pass my knowledge on Japanese Mediaeval pottery to wood-fire enthusiasts during the workshop and my lecture at the festival.

The final application details for the workshop will be announced shortly by the official of ‘International Ceramics Festival’. I will add their details (fees and accommodations) to my posts as soon as I receive the details.

It is my only appearance in a public event this year. I hope this will be interesting enough and very unique experience for potters [and future potters].

Immedietely after the ‘Festival’ in Aberystwyth in July, I am helping Anagama building for Lawrence Barrow who took up pottery in Kyoto, Japan a few years ago. His enthusiasm made him fully committed with Japanese pottery. He is studying and working in Kyoto and Shigaraki right now. He will be building his Anagama (slightly smaller than my ‘Moby’) in Wiltshire [using the secondhand bricks from my very first Anagama ‘Moby Dick’ (1996~2011)] with a few of his own features he would like to add.
More information about Lawrence’s Anagama Project will be posted as soon as I receive more details from him.

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’ -23- 夏の穴窯築き:Anagama Projects (summer 2015)

  1. Some day Hollis and I would love to learn from you. Your anagama building workshop sounds amazing!!

  2. Ruri says:

    Hi Gas,
    I would love to be in your workshop, but timing does not work for me. I do hope you share everything going on as usual, so at least we can have some glipse into your mini-Morby making.

  3. ljikob says:

    Looking forward to your Anagama workshop. I have been doing ‘homework’ : looking at Shigaraki kilns, reading your blog on Moby’s construction, Furutani sensei’s book, The Kiln Book, etc
    See you in June.

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