Shigaraki ware

I'm looking forward to Monday when my first 10kw kiln firing takes place. It's a chance to see how the larger pieces perform and some smaller ones too ... 

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Slip and glaze applied to miniature greenware tea bowls.

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Another inspiring visit to the library... amazingly detailed book bindings and papers ... 

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Inspirational pots. 

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Found very good book on the six historic kiln sites of Japan and medieval wares ... above, Shigaraki ware with wide mouth and no glaze: the colour comes from heating the unique clay body (incl high levels of feldspar) and the effects of wood firing.

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Enjoying working with chopped pine stick from the Anagama pile and bamboo.

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Tanuki in space or the police? You decide...