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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.

‘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 … Continue reading

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‘Anagamania’ -20- 捨間 – ‘Sutema’ (Wasting Chamber) –

Although I kept basic design of kiln shape, my latest anagama ‘Moby’ has several minor changes in details from the kilns I built previously. Until now, I haven’t shown my ‘Moby’s Sutema’ 捨間. It was done a while ago. The … Continue reading

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‘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 … Continue reading

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Beauty of Old Pottery ③ – Early-Edo Vessels 江戸初期の陶器–

The images above are some of my favourite vessels from the early Edo-era (17th century). Most of them are now museum collections. What I love about early Edo vessels is that they still had some enigmatic charm of Mediaeval wood-fired … Continue reading

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‘Anagamania’ -18- 森の’白鯨陶房’ – Soft Roofing for ‘Moby’ Site

My open-air pottery studio (including my kilns) in the secret woods have got soft tarpaulin covers. From the very first stage of this Anagama project, I had an idea of an open-air studio with ‘Soft-Roofing’ (i.e. camouflage tarpaulins and collapsible … Continue reading

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‘Anagamania’ -17- 穴窯 白鯨 – Anagama ’MOBY’ Completed

Yes, finally on the last day of July 2014, my anagama ‘Moby 白鯨’ was completed. When I started thinking about this project a few years ago, I had a few things I wanted to achieve, 1. – Building anagama which … Continue reading

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‘Anagamania’ -16- 穴窯独り焚き Anagama Firing in Solitude

Recently I received a few messages from Australia. (Gas) Hello Gas.I enjoy keeping an eye on your anagama adventures. Thanks for that. I’ve recently buit my own anagama and will be firing it for the second time in a couple … Continue reading

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