I was recently given Bonnie Kemske 's book, "The Teabowl: East and West". It is a humbling honor to be mentioned in such a fine publication.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
I have used the kurinuki technique for making my work since 2009. It is a slow process, but one that I love. In an effort to branch out on making guinomi (sake cups), I am starting to throw them off of the hump. I have been a hand-builder most of my ceramics career. I threw on the wheel for the years I as at ECU, but once at U of IA, I started hand-building and have continued to do so. Thus, throwing again is an adventure! Yet, I can still work the surface and foot by hand after it has been removed from the wheel.
A few guinomi hump thrown and hand trimmed. I like the fat rim.
I had to miss the November 2019 firing of Gustin's anagama due to being in England for the opening of the sake vessels show I curated. Chris was kind enough to let me send a few yunomi to be loaded and fired. Due to the pandemic, it wasn't until late summer that I was able to retrieve them.
Monday, February 8, 2021
It has been awhile since I have posted due to COVID 19's affect on firings and my schedule. I have made some progress on the kiln(s). The small down-draft will be constructed first and the tunnel finished afterwards. In the meantime I have purchased brick to complete the down-draft. Also, I have converted an old electric kiln to a conversion kiln...what I am calling "Chokkuragama", which means "small kiln". It is close to being ready to fire for the first time. Here are some images taken before the winter set in.
Determining the down-draft fireboxes and exit flues.
Section where the tunnel kiln will be constructed.
One of several pallets of high duty refractory bricks.
Converted electric kiln that will use propane and wood, with salt added.
Wood split for both conversion kiln and down-draft kiln.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
With having to conduct remote learning from home, there has been time to begin work on constructing my two wood burning kilns. One will be a small down-draft, and the other will be a tunnel kiln. They will use a common chimney. The kilns are built on a gravel base that is four feet deep, and consists of packed #1 and #2 stone. Below are some images in this early stage of construction.
|Due to the amount of dead weight of the chimney, I poured a concrete base.|
|Concrete block base with HardieBacker cement board; laying out of chimney.|
|Lay-out the down-draft floor and walls, and chimney|
|Showing front of down-draft and it's exit flues in back.|
|Configuration of exit flues for tunnel kiln.|