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October 10, 2006

Kiln Chat with Michael R. Morris (podcast)

Filed under: anagama,Kiln,Pieces,Potters,sound & video — odin @ 8:33 pm

With this entry, I am inaugurating a wood-fired pottery podcast series with semi-frequent episodes … for definitions of “frequent” where once every 4-6 weeks (or so) is considered “frequent”. Naturally, this series will focus on anagama potters, with a smattering of other types of wood-fired kilns thrown in for good measure.

So without further ado, although you may wish to view the photos of Mike, his kiln, and his pottery below, here is the first (rough around the edges) podcast:

Direct link to file: Kiln Chat — Michael R. Morris (mp3, 36:24, 26mb). Alternatively, you may use this iTunes link to the same file.
Notes:
Michael R. Morris was kind enough to play guinea pig while I figured out how to actually record a podcast, patient while I fumbled about and muttered expletives at my equipment, and a good sport when I informed him that a particularly interesting discussion hadn’t been recorded. Of greater note, although Mike has a Masters in Photography, he has been seriously and irreversibly infected with the pottery bug to such an extent, he built his own anagama in Nescopeck, E. Central Pennsylvania. His work was very recently accepted for display and sale at the Langman Gallery in Willowgrove PA.

Mike is planning to fire again in April of 2007, but he is a bit short handed at present. If you would like to contact him, his email is drippy22ash22pots@yahoo.com (the address is obfuscated to cut back on spam — remove all the numerals “2″ and you’ll have his correct address). This map should help you figure out if you are in his neighborhood. The last thing to note however, is that his computer was recently killed by lightning so it may take him a few days to respond to you.

Michael Morris: Anagama Potter enlarge

Michael Morris: Anagama Potter enlarge

Michael Morris: Anagama Potter enlarge

Michael Morris: Anagama Potter enlarge

Michael Morris: Anagama Potter enlarge

Michael Morris: Anagama Potter enlarge

Michael Morris: Anagama Potter enlarge

Michael Morris: Anagama Potter enlarge

Michael Morris: Anagama Potter enlarge

September 10, 2006

Don’t Hire Me as a Carpenter

Filed under: Kiln,shed — odin @ 11:50 pm

The kiln shed has been a work in progress for four years now. At first it was just a roof on poles wrapped in blue tarps to keep out the wind and rain during firings. I had so many tarps that I semi-seriously considered building a smurfy blue yurt. The last few pictures on the 9th building page show the galley’s original incarnation (but not the tarps).

At four years in and not done yet, it’s plain I’m the slowest construction worker on the planet! Still, I really love how it is coming together and I feel I’m nearing the home stretch on the galley area (FN1). Here are some pictures of my (glacial) progress on the kiln shack:

From the outside with my “Re Store” window (it swings open on hinges — $16 for the window, $2.50 for the hinges):

Outside of the anagama kiln shed enlarge

Vantage point from atop the kiln. To the left is a kitty ladder — out of sight behind the kitty ladder are the steps entering the galley area. The steps into the work pit are to the right side of this picture, but not visible:

Inside the kiln shack enlarge

FN1: I call the middle level the “galley” because Furutani likened anagama kilns to an overturned boat hull. The lowest level is for working the ship, the middle level for cooking and relaxing. Here is a sideview of the pit, roughly to scale:

Sideview diagram of the kiln pit in front of the anagama enlarge

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