climbing kiln

Joy Brown’s anagama kiln

kilnI have a friend up the road who has a very large anagama kiln. This is a Japanese climbing kiln, fired with wood.

A long time ago, in another time, I was a potter so I have an appreciation for this kiln and for firing it with wood.

This kiln took a week to fire and enough wood to heat our house for 2 years, maybe longer. Of course, 2400 degrees F is pretty darn hot.

I did a 12 hour shift stoking. It was a heck of a lot of fun.

This picture was taken just a bit above 1500 degrees F through one of the side portholes. I liked it.