Thursday, August 26, 2010

Exhibition at Cape Fear Studios

Takuro and Hitomi will have an exhibition at Cape Fear Studios (Fayetteville, NC) between August 27th and September 22nd. The show opening is hold on August 27th, 6-9pm, and artists plus two boys will be in the gallery. Hope to see you there.

Cape Fear Studios
148 Maxwell St, Fayetteville, NC
Phone: 910-433-2986
Email: capefearstudios@yahoo.com

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Unloading kiln


 We took down door bricks and unloaded kiln on Saturday morning. Looked like cone 10 down and 11 half everywhere evenly. Many people came to help us. Thank you!

Takuro has lots of hands

Hitomi's large bowls
Hitomi's large bowl and jar
Takuro's vases
Takuro's jar and a pots inspector

Monday, August 16, 2010

Wood firing #3, August 2010

It was really really busy week. After unloading kiln (bisque), we glazed pots and cut fire wood for several days.

On 13th (Friday), loading kiln all day. We finished it around 5pm, then stacked door bricks, and started preheating from evening.
On 14th (Saturday),
6am Started stoke fire wood
between 8 am and 1pm, Takuro went to Greensboro for giving slide lecture.In the meantime, Wayne-san, me, Ken and Tomo took care of firing.
2pm 800c
6pm 1000c
12am 1200c
3am 1240c
7am cone10 down in the coolest spot, then finish firing

On Sunday morning at 8am, kids got up and we were still really sleepy, and it was so tiring to play with them all day.

Thanks to our friends who helped us. We couldn't have done without you.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bisque wood firing has done

It was the first experience for us to do bisque wood firing on August 1st. It took 18 hours for wood, also plus gas preheating. A week after the firing (8/7) , we unloaded kiln.

Potters used to use wood kilns for bisque firing long time ago in Japan and usually it's updraft kiln. As far as I know, there are several Mingei style pottery villages which still do bisque wood firing in Japan to keep their style as analogue. Our kiln (second chamber) is downdraft, and we were not sure if it's OK, but it seems like everything went well.

A photo below is at the Kanjiro Kawai Museum in Kyoto, Japan. (Kanjiro Kawai was one of the leader of Mingei Movement) It's no longer used because it's not allowed to use wood kiln in Kyoto city any more.
In addition, Japanese potters fire bisque at 700 to 800 degrees in Celsius (approx. 1300 to 1500F) and it's much higher here as you know. I don't know why there are such a difference between US and Japan. Maybe because clay bodies are finer here? but there are lots of fine clays in Japan. This time we stopped firing around 800C and we hope it works. We'll see.