Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Anagama Kiln Opening

During the kiln opening ceremony, each piece of pottery was handed down a line of people before it reached an outdoor display area. Then the crowd gathered around the pottery to examine the beautiful variety of colorful shapes and dripping effects of the melted white ash. 

During the firing, the kiln reached 2,500 degrees. Deposits of wood ash from the community's trees created lasting impressions of the oaks, some 300-400 years old. It took about five days for the kiln to slowly cool before the pottery could be removed from the walk-in size kiln. 

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