Thursday, December 30, 2004

Kanayama Kiln- Finish building the kiln

December 4th 2004, we finished building the kiln. At this day, many people joined, and helped each other. After finishing, we had to cover the kiln by plastic sheet, because of the rain. That’s why I couldn’t take photo of whole the kiln. I will take the photo again and update. We are planning to have firing next spring 2005.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Kanayama Kiln- Building

We are stacking the handmade bricks to build the ceiling of the kiln.

building arch

Monday, December 27, 2004

Kanayama Kiln- Form

We made the form of the kiln by wood and bamboo. It is not an easy shape, but members of TOYOKAI that is the group of the professional Shigaraki potter helped and brought the idea for building the kiln.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Kanayama Kiln-Base

We made the base of the kiln. When we dug the ground around the fire box, water was coming from underneath. We buried the pipe for removing that. After that we started to stack the bricks like the following photo.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Kanayama Kiln- Handmade Bricks

Firstly, we prepared a lot of handmade bricks. The clay is rough and high refractory. We fired approximately 60% of them in the gas and electric kiln.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Kanayama Kiln

One ancient Anagama type of kiln called Kanayama Kiln was founded in Shigaraki 2002. It had used until the end of Muromachi period, 16 century. People though it is important to recreate for finding the roots of Shigaraki ceramics. They were planed to built the kiln at Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park. This photo is the model of the kiln.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Kawai Kanjiro Museum in Kyoto

Kawai Kanjiro Museum in Kyoto

On the way to Kyoto Station, we had time to stop by Kanjiro Kawai Museum inKyoto in the morning. As you know, Kanjiro Kawai was one of the leaders of Mingei Movement, like Shoji Hamada, Barnard Leach, Soetsu Yanagi. Kanjiro Kawai was very very nice traditional craftsman but he never stopped researching new technique and materials like a pioneer. Since he died in 1966, his house and studio was renewed as a private museum and people can see and walk around in it nowadays.

e-yakimono net by Robert Yellin has Kanjiro Kawai Museum’s information and article.