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.


Joe and Christy said...

Sounds like the firing went well, if maybe a little exhausting.... congratulations. I'll be back through Seagrove sometime next week, so I'll see you then.

Hitomi said...


Thank you for coming to see us. It was great to see you and Christy. Long time no see. We'll be home through Thanksgiving week, so please come anytime. We should have dinner together again. Mr. David will start his wood firing from Friday. Hope to see you soon.