Monday, October 26, 2009

Kiln Building Update 10/25

We knew it's going to be rainy day, but worked on our wood kiln this weekend. David Stuempfle, Andres Allik and Santiago Ramirez came to help us on Saturday morning and kiln got good progress because of their great help. Thank you very much guys.

Takuro was very impressed how Andres works so good, fast and perfect for stacking bricks. He knows about bricks a lot. You must see his work if you have a chance.

Takuro stopped working and went to work (Central park NC will have an annual gathering this Thursday), but Andres and David kept working for another hour. When Takuro came back, he saw they stacked three more layers, so that Takuro was able to finish door side wall by dark on Saturday.
Wall side of second chamber is still empty, and we will be able to finish in November. Stil lots of things to do, but it's getting close a little by little.

I can move lots of sand

Monday, October 19, 2009

Kiln Building Update 10/17

We finally got back to normal days recently, and tried to focus on our kiln building. Our good friend, David Stuempfle has started building his new kiln in the beginning of October, and we have to hurry to get work done ours (so that we can help David). Last weekend, David came to help ours even he was really busy for his own. He also brought his kiln building team, Andres and Alex.
Andres Allik from Estonia is a professional kiln builder in Estonia and has designed and built many types of kilns in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, Iceland, and Germany. Mr. Allik is also an organizer of the Kohila International Wood firing festival which is held each summer in Estonia. He built STARworks Ceramics wood kiln in 2006.

If you are interested in STARworks Ceramics kiln building, go to:

Alex is a young potter lives in Asheville area, former Mark Hewitt's assistant, and originally from MA. He came down to David's kiln building, but he helped ours, too. Must be a too much work.
Anyway, we started working from 9am and kept working until 6pm, and we have finished the 2nd chamber arch, the 3rd chamber arch, exit flue foundation, and chimney foundation with concrete. In addition, they stopped by our house on Sunday morning and helped taking down wooden frame from the 2nd and the 3rd chambers. Now both arches are standing and look very good. It was amazing and much more work done than we could. I can't thank you enough.We are getting close to the end part. Gambatte!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Asian Ceramics Trunk Show

We went to Washington DC last weekend and saw our show at a gallery shop of Freer Gallery/Sackler Museum. It was a special event in the gallery shop and they exhibit several Asian ceramics artists work.

Photos below are from the show.
Dimitre is a museum shop staff and has been working on this show. Thank you so much for being patient (to work with us)!

It was the first DC for our son and he enjoyed watching lots of vehicles and people in the city.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Kiln Building Update 10/5

The day after we finished our wood firing at STARworks Ceramics, we got back to kiln building. We must finish up as soon as possible, so no time to rest. We made wooden frame for the second and third chamber, and started stacking bricks.

Photos below are on 9/28This guy above really loves kiln building

Those photos below are on 10/4
Kindly, David and Santiago came to help us on Sunday afternoon, so that we got a big improvement. Thank you, guys. We hope we can finish up this work sooner and move on the chimney part. We are also waiting a "Team Tony" to put kiln shed extension. Seems like October will be gone too quickly.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Show in DC

Takuro and Hitomi will have an exhibition at Freer Gallery/Sackler Museum's gallery shop from October 9th (Fri) to 11th (Sun). We exhibit more than 100 pieces/each artist all wood fired. Artists will be at the gallery on Friday afternoon and give a gallery talk. If you are close, please come to see us.

Asian Ceramics Trunk Show
Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11, 2009
10 AM - 5:30 PM

Takuro Shibata
Wood Fired Large Jar, 14Dx15H
Photo by Stephanie Martin

Hitomi Shibata
Wood Fired Large Platter, 18Dx3H
Photo by Stephanie Martin