Anagama firing

Last weekend I spent at studio Cepļi firing the japanese type Anagama kiln. It took us a whole day of packing and 48 hours of firing to get this darling up to 1300 C . Here are some glimpses of the process. The results will be revealed next weekend when we will crack it open!

The Anagma at studio Cepļi, owned by Ingrīda Žagata, built by Andres Kerako.
The Anagma at studio Cepļi, owned by Ingrīda Žagata, built by Andres Allik.
Packing the kiln, in the middle is where all the wood will go! There were so many embers there that they did push over some of the pots...
Packing the kiln, in the middle is where all the wood will go! There were so many embers there that they did push over some of the pots…
Preparing the pyrometric cones that will help us measure the temperature in different parts of the kiln ( they are designed to bend at precise temperatures).
Preparing the pyrometric cones that will help us measure the temperature in different parts of the kiln ( they are designed to bend at precise temperatures).
Crazy cat Tom sneaked in the kiln just before we were about to start the firing!
Crazy cat Tom sneaked in the kiln just before we were about to start the firing!
Already 750 C in the front chamber.
Already 750 C in the front chamber.
The anagama is fueled just be 4 little bits of wood every couple of minutes. Little by little in the period of 48 hours it will reach 1300 C !
The anagama is fueled just by 4 little bits of wood every couple of minutes. Little by little in the period of 48 hours it will reach 1300 C !
Reduction taking place.
Reduction taking place.
To create the reduction we close of the chimney thus restricting the amount of air in the kiln.
To create the reduction we close of the chimney thus restricting the amount of air in the kiln.
During reduction there is a lot of smoke produced.
During reduction there is a lot of smoke produced.
The last 5 hours we fire only the second chamber of the anagama. Every 2-5minutes wood is put in there from both sides.
The last 5 hours we fire only the second chamber of the Anagama. Every 2-5minutes wood is put in there from both sides.
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