an anagama kiln

wood firing is an ancient technique of firing pottery and one of the first kiln designs. the anagama design is a large upward sloping chamber, fuelled with fire stoked 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.

i built this kiln in val trebbia, northern italy, where we made pots for the aperitivo at costa del grillo, i could fire only four or five pots at a time and for around nine hours each firing.

the barrelled chimney improved air flow through the chamber and temperature control.