The Project is a collaboration between top Japanese and British Potters with the University of Oxford to build and fire a traditional wood fired Anagama ceramics kiln at the University’s Research Woodland at Wytham, and to use anthropological research to study that process.
This University of Oxford project is located in Wytham (university woodland) with a unique and robust research context
• It provides opportunities for potters to understand and develop their own craft process
Constructing the Kiln
Construction of the smaller willow kiln started in January 2015 and was completed in June 2015. Construction of the larger brick kiln began in January 2015 and the first firing was in August 2016
The Willow Kiln was first fired 10th - 16th August 2015
The Brick Kiln was first fired 14th - 24th January 2016
Both kilns require 24 hour attention during the firing period.
Our team and others were in charge of fuelling the fire in the belly of the kiln.
The brick kiln was especially challenging as those attending to it were required to endure temperatures of -6 C and bellow.
Unloading kilns always brings many surprises and disappointments. It is all part of the process.
The gradual cooling of the kiln is vital; if cooled to quickly, the pottery can crack and craze undesirably