I write about Japanese ceramics, Japanese antiques and a little about
life in a small Japanese village at http://togeii.wordpress.com/
or http://nanbanceramics.wordpress.com/ for my new blog. My focus
is firing 2 wood burning kilns and studying antiques. I will be very
happy when I can sell enough ceramics to justify the tremendous
amount of work I have put into them.
I built my first kiln in 1999. It is a 2 chamber climbing kiln. Each
chamber is about 1 meter tall, 1.5 meters in length and about 150
cm. in width. Fully loaded each room holds two stacks of shelves. Each
stack is comprised of a row of three shelves, each of which measures
35 cm by 45 cm. So you have a row of ware 35 cm deep by 135 cm
long and two of these. In each stack I can usually get in about 9
levels. When both rooms are fully loaded I use about 90 shelves.
The noborigama, the climbing kiln, takes from 24-72 hours to fire. It
is a fast fire Karatsu type kiln modeled on Nishioka Kyoju's kiln. The
main difference between the Karatsu type noborigama and the Kyoto
type is the height of the roof. The Kyoto type are larger overall with a
higher roof. This kiln is for glazed work.
The second kiln is a 9 meter long snake kiln. You can see more than
500 pictures on the construction of the kiln here,
It has a fire box that is separate from the main ware chamber. The
main chamber has 6 distinct floor levels but no internal walls. Each
level is able to hold between 4-6 shelves, the shelves are the same
size as the as the ones I use in my noborigama. Each level has room
for about 10 levels of shelves for a total of about 40 shelves per level
of floor. The total for the kiln is about 240 shelves.
I came to Japan in 1994 to study Butoh, a contemporary Japanese
dance. Prior to coming to Japan I was on a one year trip through S.E.
Asia which you can read about, <a
I got my degree from CSULB in Drawing and Painting with a focus in
multimedia. It was before Long Beach had a proper multimedia
program in place so I was doing all my classes outside of the formal
program. The best example of that is getting credit for one of the
many performance classes I took at Rachel Rosenthal's studio but
running it through the program as "Water color 401".
I now have two large kilns that are fired with wood.