" A beginner is surprised to see the number of pieces an experienced potter can place within the firing chamber." Zen and the Art of Pottery
"All of this requires unhurried attention and collaboration." Zen and the Art of Pottery
"...The mind visualizes the flow of the flame through the kiln and takes into consideration which glazes should be placed high or low, front or back, of the lion, for temperature and atmosphere will vary according to each kiln, each potter firing, and also according to the stacking pattern." Zen and the Art of Pottery
Tony Moore in the process of bricking up the entrance to the Noriborigama. This is also a long very detailed part of the kiln preparation for firing.
We made a line, as we passed kiln bricks to Tony in an orderly fashion.
Tony Moore has just finished placing the last kiln brick into place. The opening to the noriborigama is now closed. The time was 10PM. The kiln door will be mudded the next morning. Needless to say, I was tired from working a 13 hour shift. Loading Tony's Noriborigama was very slow and laborious. There was no way around the minute details that must be considered in measuring and stacking. That is essential work in loading any kiln. Still, I was extremely happy. I was able to experience the preparation for how the magic is made with the wood and fire inside the kiln. I also met some great potters who were so very generous with sharing their knowledge. And I saw some amazing works and techniques. The only way to learn is by doing.
Experienced my first wood firing with Tony Moore on November 22, 2014. Feeling extremely blessed to have connected with other potters within my community. Tony Moore is a self-taught ceramic sculptor. Having the opportunity to speak with him about clay and walking one's own path was so enriching for me. My heart is bursting with thanks.