Monday, November 22, 2010

Celebration of Seagrove Potters 2

Just quick update. There were many customers and seemed like it was good success this year, too. I took several shots, and I should have took more, but my hands were full because of holding 19 pounds baby all the time.

STARworks Ceramics had booth, sold many tools and clays,
also donated lots of clay for throwing demo and kids clay booth

Bulldog Pottery

Just hungry a bit

Thank you very much for coming and supporting Celebration of Seagrove Potters. 
Hope to see you next year. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Celebration of Seagrove Potters

Takuro and I as Studio Touya take part in Celebration of Seagrove Potters this year again, and we have many wood fired pots for sale. After our trip to VA, we made display walls and pedestals to make pots look a bit better. 11/19 (Fri) is Gala night (preview and party), and sale is going Saturday and Sunday. Hope there are many people and lots of sale for all potters.

Large platters, vases and bowls
Functional table wares
I will post more later.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Anagama Firing in Farmville, VA

It was super busy weekend. 

On Friday (11/12), we had friends visit. 
Joe and Christy, who used to live in Seagrove and moved to Wisconsin two years ago, came to Seagrove and visited us. It was so glad to see them. 
Windy Ridge Pottery:
Our living room is approx. 150SF and there were 12 people plus two children in it. 
We had good food, drinks and time. 
Joe and Tomo
On Saturday (11/13), we packed everything we needed and headed on Raleigh to receive Tomo's Japanese passport at the Japanese language school. The consulate of general of Japan in Atlanta comes to eastern NC once a year and we couldn't miss this chance. There were lots of Japanese people at school and we felt like we were in Japan.

On the way to VA, we picked up used exersaucer (kind of entertainment chair) for Tomo in North Raleigh and it was only $10. At least he can stay in it for 10 minutes and I can go to bathroom without worry.
Big machine
We kept driving to North, and we arrived at Randy&Cricket's place at 5pm.
They started Anagama firing from Tuesday and that Saturday was supposed to be the last day of wood firing. Front got pretty high (cone 12 soft) but back side was about 1100 Celsius and at that point, our goal was to get cone 10 down in back. 

We need more wood!
It was really cold and I had to take kids to guest house at 9pm.
Takuro got in the shift and he helped firing through the night.

On Sunday morning (11/14), I woke up at 5am and waited Takuro gets home so that I might be able to help firing, but he came back at 8am. It must be long and tiring night.

At 8:30am, I took kids with me and went to kiln so that Takuro was able to get better sleep, and firing was still going on but back got good heat and temperature. Randy, Cricket, and young artists from Cub Creek were working hard to get work done.
closing front
Ken cleaned up fire wood pile
Ken watch Randy to make kiln clay
Ken is talking to Mr. Bart
I just watch firing
Their first anagama firing was end at 11am. 5 days firing, lots of work. 

Takuro woke up around noon and we packed stuff, then left Farmville in early afternoon. Came home safely, ate a little bit food and then passed out before 9pm.

What a weekend.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Unloading kiln 11/10

Best shot of Shibata boys

Just quick update.

We unloaded kiln on Wednesday morning and it seemed OK firing. I need to experiment ash glazes test. But there are some good pots at least.
Taking down door bricks
2nd chamber door side
2nd chamber wall side
3rd chamber is good for refiring
We had a Japanese beginner potter, Yamazawa-san from Durham, NC this time and he brought a lot of nice Japanese food (of course sushi) because he owns a Japanese restaurant in Durham. There are many Japanese restaurants in US but not many which Japanese people really own. His restaurant, Yamazushi use good ingredients and fresh seafood and make real Japanese dishes.

There are more things to do before Celebration of Seagrove Potters. 
Gambatte. We are almost there.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Wood Firing #5 11/6

It was really busy week&weekend.
We opened up kiln and started glazing on Wednesday,
and took all day for loading kiln on Friday.
Here is the kiln log:

6pm Closed door bricks and started gas preheating
12am Started burning wood
6am 500c
12pm 1000c
4pm 1200c, cone 7 down and salt kick in
8pm 1260c, cone 10 down in the coolest spot
      2nd chamber done
      started stoke wood for 3rd chamber, 1000c
10pm 1200c
1am cone 10 down, 3rd chamber shut down
Totally 25 hours by fire wood, 6 hours by gas preheating.

Lots of thanks to:
Yamazawa-san (Yamazushi, Durham)

We were so tired and also glad we could finished the last wood firing in this year.
Totally five wood firings in 2010.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Wood bisque firing 10/31

It was incredibly busy week. There was an annual gathering event at Central Park/ STARworks on Thursday and Takuro came home pretty late everyday whole week. Then we had our bisque firing home and no rest at all. Our children seemed to have fun around kiln site, but Ken missed Halloween (he even didn't know it) and we felt so bad about it. Maybe next year.
Mowing at break time
an Entertainment while I was stoking