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#1 Cass

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 11:42 PM

from this past weekend, we loaded the anagama at Blue Mountain, outside Missoula, MT

the kiln is owned by the Clay Studio of Missoula

at least 1000 pieces got in there, it is quite big, i will get some better pics of the whole kiln when i take my shift next friday

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couple of my sculpture on the floor there, in between the stokes! ^^^^ should be interesting if they dont get creamed by people sidestoking....



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fires until next sunday afternoon, opening party the following sunday

#2 Mark C.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:16 AM

WOW-Sweet
I cannot wait to see more-
take some shots of the finished wares
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:46 AM

Nicely stacked! How long is your shift? I help fire Roger Jamison's anagama in Juliette, Georgia and usually take 3 six-hour shifts with another person. If this video still works it condenses a 6-day firing and unloading down to a few minutes: http://www.rogerjami...ndex.php/video/ The camera angle makes the kiln look shorter and fatter than it is. The unloading through the side door shows the size better.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:46 AM

willdo! i am really excited about this fire...they did some modifications to the flue and firebox a few fires ago and i hear these last few fires have been superb, plenty hot and the kiln really hums

friday when i go back it should be the peak, i may just stay til the fireoff on sunday

so glad to be back in the Wood! its been 3 years since my last woodfire, i have 3 of 4 sculptures in there, and about 20 functional pieces for the household, tumblers and bowls for our everyday use

wooooop!

edit: crosstyping with you Offcenter....i have midnight to 6am friday, then also noon to 6 pm saturday! stoked!

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:58 AM

willdo! i am really excited about this fire...they did some modifications to the flue and firebox a few fires ago and i hear these last few fires have been superb, plenty hot and the kiln really hums

friday when i go back it should be the peak, i may just stay til the fireoff on sunday

so glad to be back in the Wood! its been 3 years since my last woodfire, i have 3 of 4 sculptures in there, and about 20 functional pieces for the household, tumblers and bowls for our everyday use

wooooop!

edit: crosstyping with you Offcenter....i have midnight to 6am friday, then also noon to 6 pm saturday! stoked!


Have fun. Hope it is a great firing. Post pics.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:30 AM

very nice

your enthusiasm is contagious

i feel it all the way over here

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:53 AM

in full fire....

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Perry Haas is the current woodfire resident at the Missoula Clay Studio, here is some of his work from previous fires

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if we acheive any surfaces like that this time, its all good!

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:05 AM

Woo hoo! Looks like you will have some beauties. Do share some pics when you unload!
I heard it is cold now up in Montana. Have fun with the folks at the Missoula Clay Studio.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:08 AM

So excited for you! I haven't been in the wood myself for 5 years. Have a blast and I am excited to see pics too!

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:47 PM

Hmmm.... Missoula <---> Moscow Idaho = four hours by car...

(Runs to google to look up Clay Studio of Missoula)
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:02 PM

it is about a 2.5 hour drive for me, well worth it

claystudio of missoula is a great place, spent the evening before the loading there, glazing my stuff and hanging out, very good atmostphere, and the residents are doing some high quality work, especially perry

it is SO difficult to be up here while the fire is going, i want to be in front of that firebox chucking wood, right NOW, lol...c'mon friday!

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:16 PM

Sweet. How often do they fire the anagama?
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:46 PM

variable, but it think they will fire 3-4 more times before next august

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its warming up in there, latest shot on the web, from a few minutes ago....that is the light of the porch fire, probably going to push it inside pretty soon

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:03 PM

a bit of context.....
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:37 AM

THE Fire-Off
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:45 AM

yours truly sidestoking toward the end..
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we finished up 12 hours early...^12 bent in front...^11 down in the middle, ^11 bending in the back, that was the last time we looked a few hours before the mega fire-off

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nice view too

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opening is in 2 weeks! dec 1....last time they tried to go in after only 1 week and everyone was melting their shoes-soles, lol

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:19 PM

all i can say is wow, wish i could have seen it in person. we have some similar kilns here in spain but fired from the top with olive stones.. T

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:16 PM

THE Fire-Off
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Not to alarm you sir, but it appears that your kiln is on fire.

That whole series of pictures looks amazing.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:13 PM

haha, YES, Fyaaah!

that was the very last stoke, when we filled all the sidestokes, then chucked (gently) about 50 logs int the front firebox, then shut the flue...crazy reduction for a bit (and the flames coming out all over. then re-opened, re-closed flue...crazy-fun time

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:16 PM

here we are at the end, tag-teaming to get as much wood in as possible before our gloves lit on fire!

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perry's foam trucker hat and moccassins may not meet the highest safety standards




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