Monday, April 15, 2013

Concentration, First Post

 At long last, here is the first post of the Concentration...the focus of this class is kiln building, with a little firing tossed in.  The kiln in question is a two chamber Noborigama with three 12" x 24" shelf stacks with a small Anagama with five 12" x 24" shelf stacks


We started by laying in the floor, in the foreground you can see what is now a walkway, but what will become the grate area and ember bed for the fire box area of the anagama.

These two holes in front of the flue bricks are the outlets of air channels that come in at the front end of the anagama on either side of the firebox grate, and go under the floor of the anagama, before coming out at the flue going into the first chamber of the noborigama.  The purpose of these is to be able to shut down the anagama and still have a heated primary air source going into the noborigama, and also as air controls for when the noborigama is fired independently of the anagama.

Walls and chimney coming up...note the beautifully large collection of passive dampers on the chimney.

Very proud of the fit of this corner.

The chimney crew scraping brick from the old kiln for use in the top portion of the new chimney stack.

Putting the arch forms on the kiln before pouring the castable.

Another entry in the Butts of Penland (old joke) caulking the forms ahead of the castable.

Susan Feagin, Suzanne (aka Satan) and me all dolled up for Penland Poly Prom


The Clay Class, ready to party...

 Looking down on the freshly applied castable arches from the chimney scaffolding.

Wood delivery...this guy invented his own dump mechanism for his wood delivery truck...very Penland.

Arches all dried out with the forms removed.

Penland pastoral...a lovely view of the knoll from inside the anagama.

A rare day off- hiking with Susan, Jane and Diego and Cricket the dogs.  Here we have a picture of Susan taking a picture of Jane and Diego.

 Cricket Bringle getting a treat from Jane.

Firing.  Kevin and Dan preheated the kiln for two days to dry the castable, then we fired for two and a half days.

Mudding the door with slip covered sheets of newspaper at the end of the firing.

While the kiln was cooling we had Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish from Bandana Pottery come and demo for us.  Michael threw a Korean Onggi pot based on the forms and techniques he learned during his apprenticeship there.  In this picture he is throwing out the slab which he will add to form the top half of the pot in the background. 

Here he is adding a traditional decoration of applied ridges made of very soft clay.

Unloading!  This table has the pots from the front stack in the anagama.

Top of the back stack of the anagama.

Bottom of the back stack of the anagama.

Glaze chamber- noborigama.

 One of mine out of the glaze chamber- helmar kaolin slip with fingerwiping, celadon over that, and then carving through to the clay below.

A nice big jar of mine that was in the back of the anagama.

Things that make me happy #398

Driving into town yesterday we passed an emergency vehicle that definitely caused a stop and look- it was an emergency dump truck!

Things that make me happy #399

Residency applications are finished and mailed!

Springtime at Penland!

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