The Firing Log focuses on potters who fire wood-fired pottery kilns, and particularly those who fire anagama kilns.
Davie Reneau: Gritty Anagama
Interview with Davie Reneau, a hard working wood fire potter from Kentucky. Davie's ceramic art is imbued with the soft and subtle landscapes rural Kentucky, and the hard labor of wood fire. http://www.anagama-west.com/firing_log
Gas Kimishima: Light Work
I recently interviewed Gas Kimishima, a native of Japan residing in England. Gas found that after moving to England, he became somewhat homesick for Japan, but that he could find solace in ancient wood fired Japanese pottery. Gas' quest for a touch of his home country led him to acquire broad knowledge about medieval Japanese wood fired ceramic art. Wanting to understand the pottery he loves on its innermost levels, Gas delved far beyond simply studying pieces and identifying techniques -- he began building his own wood fired kilns and making pottery to fire in them.
Simon Levin: Intentional Potter
Simon Levin practices wood fired ceramic art in Wisconsin. He approaches his art in a thoughtful manner as he pursues his dream of capturing fire in clay. Simon speaks about reduction firing as well as the importance of developing a philosophy toward clay.
8th Firing of the Anagama West Kiln
Some thoughts and comments I recorded during my 8th firing of the Anagama West kiln. Probably not the most interesting podcast, but one which I think in years to come, will be fun for me to revisit. How much of what I say is flat wrong?
Fred Herbst: Anagama Glass Blowing
Fred Herbst teaches ceramic art at Corning Community College in Corning NY. Corning is famous for glass and it didn't take long before glass blowers decided to try out glass blowing during an anagama firing. Just as anagama potters strive to recreate an ancient pottery technique, glass is apparently also affected by a woodfire environment. Aside from wild experiments, Fred has been observing and noting the differences caused by varying kiln atmospheres on pottery. He describes his experiences with reduction cooling versus normal cooling.
Steve Harrison: An Australian Woodfire Experience
Steve Harrison has been practicing woodfired pottery since the 60s. He has taken extraordinary steps toward self-sufficiency: he makes his own bricks from local materials which he has used to build a kiln in which he fires pottery made from local materials, glazed with local materials, and fired with wood from local sources. Steve has a wealth of knowledge and freely shares his methods and philosophy.
Helpful, informative, and engaging!
Thank you so much for creating this! It is so helpful for me to hear the voices and approaches of so many different potters. As a (very) young and pretty inexperienced ceramic artist, it is just so great so soak up all the information and wisdom that these episodes contain. I especially loved Simon Levin and his approach to his work.
Great source for fellow potters!
Thanks so much for your podcasts! It's great to listen and hear experienced woodfire potter's exchange information on a variety of subjects. I really enjoyed hearing Gas speak on kiln building, the cup, and historical Japanese pottery. I could have listened to him go on for a few more hours.