When I was organizing way-too-many photos, I found many interesting photos in my computer hard disc, and I thought I should share some of them with people in English. Our favorite potter, Kiyotsugu Sawa is a well known Anagama potter in Shigaraki, Japan. He makes beautiful unglazed pots and fires by his very simple Anagama. His Anagama is buried in the ground.
We could see his wood firing and kiln unloading in 2005, it was just before coming to NC. Those photos are from his kiln unloading. See his nice, simple and wild Anagama, and his beautiful pots.
Just one hole for exit flue inside his Anagama
Those were taken from his studio. The cylinders under the pots are used to be kiln furniture from old Noborigama, at least 100 years ago or so. Sawa family is one of the oldest pottery families in Shigaraki and made tons of pots through the history.