The New Hampshire Institute of Art offers a Community Education Program that affords the public an opportunity to fire work in a large Japanese style anagama wood- burning kiln. The name of this kiln is Fushigigama “-- in translation, essentially means "..."Wonder Kiln", but that does not catch the true meaning of the Japanese name (which)...has the multiple connotations of not only wonder, but also curiosity, mystery, miracle, marvel, and just a hint of curious strangeness." John Baymore, NHIA.
My small, fairly flat, pieces are not the best technical examples of how this kind of atmosphere (ash/flame/temps reaching toward 3000 degrees) produces such amazing colorations and surface attributes, but I am extremely pleased nevertheless. The next time I do this I will go larger, vertical, and leave the clay largely unglazed. That will take full advantage of the very purpose of this type of firing in this type of kiln. However, as I said, I am still thrilled with my results. I used Troy’s ^10 wood fire clay and their ^10 porcelain. The glazes were provided by the NHIA; I used a celadon and a temmoku. This kiln is located at the Sharon Art Center, Sharon, NH.
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