Wood firing experience
Janjagama anagama firing
Anagama firing is always a special event. It's not just a production of great work, but more the intense experience of fire, flames, hard work and unexpected joy. We fire our anagama 2-3 times a year, gathering people from al over the world to partake in this extraordinary event. The firing consist of two weekends. We start at Friday, by filling the kiln and preparing for firing. The firing teams are made and late at night, as we finish loading and stacking, we make a small fire of initiation and go for a short rest. Early Saturday morning we start the fire and gradually built it up. We take shifts in firing, as the fire must go on al the time. As the temperature in the kiln rises, the whole atmosphere around the kiln rises as well. The songs are sang, stories told, experiences shared, all that while closely watching the fire and doing all that is necessary. And the work goes on until deep in the night, next morning or afternoon. It is hard to predict, as every wood firing depends on so many different things (wood, outside temperature and pressure, quantity of work in the kiln, ...) and every wood firing stands on it's own.
While firing we work as a team, we cook together, take shifts in firing and sleeping on the sofas, hang-mat's, carrying and cutting wood, everything.
Sunday, after we finish and seal the kiln, we depart, and the waiting week begins. To cool of, anagama kiln needs a week. It is not to be opened or disturbed in any way, so we wait. Next weekend we come together again for the opening. To admire or cry over the results of the firing. Every kiln opening is also a small celebration and always goes with some food and drinks, to help us comprehend what we see.
The price of this event/workshop is € 350,- per person and includes everything, food, materials, drinks, instructions, etc.