Unloading the Anagama

Well we finally got to unload our anagama kiln at Morean Clay.  Overall, I'm pretty happy with how the firing went.  We had made so many changes to the kiln that it was almost like firing a brand new kiln. And as most new wood kilns go, the first couple of firings are going to give you the most information.  We got some gorgeous pieces and we had a few spots that could have gotten a little hotter.  But even in the cooler areas, the color was still really nice.  I think we're right on track and excited to fire again in January and then again in May.  For those that are interested, we will be having an anagama firing workshop with Chris Gustin, John Balistreri, Bede Clarke and Matt Long for our January firing.  I can't wait to fire this beast again and really get this kiln dialed in.  Here are a few of my pieces that were unloaded today.

First Firing

Well, we started firing the newly refinished anagama kiln and so far so good.  We reached cone nine in the front in roughly 24 hours now we'll spend today getting the back caught up then soak the kiln for a couple of days.  It's always such a relief to have a good crew to fire with.  I am pleased to be able to have Trevor Dunn down with a couple of his students.  This is also the first wood firing my new group of Artist in Residence at the Morean Center for Clay and I have fired together and they're doing well.

We're going to do a drawing during the unloading on October 25th to see how many pieces were in the kiln, I'm guessing that there has to be close to a thousand. Trevor Dunn, Adam Yungbluth and myself loaded the kiln for about five hours the first day, then spent 19 hours loading the next day so that way we could start the firing a day early. Here are a couple of pictures from the loading and some of Trevor's onggi jars.  I'll post some more of the firing process shortly.