wood firing

wood firing is an ancient technique of firing pottery and one of the absolute first kiln designs. the anagama design is a large upward sloping chamber, fuelled with fire stoked in a fire box at the front, the chimney at the top allows the heat to draw through. it’s a very simple design, low impact and environmental cost, unlike electric or gas kilns it requires constant attention and nurturing thoughout the firing to maintain the temperature at over 1000degreescelcius, and depending on its size the firing can take anywhere between eight hours to two days.

this kiln was built in val trebbia, northern italy, which fired only 4 or 5 pots at a time and fired for around 9 hours.