These photos have been sent to me by friends and I find them most interesting. The top photo shows a wonderful Japanese cabinet with a tear drop vase made by Estelle and two candles. The platter on the wall is one of mine. Both pots were fired in the Kamaka anagama. The lower photograph has a lovely collection of pots - the lidded pot in the right hand lower corner is one of Estelle's mizusashi, again from our anagama.
Just a small part of the loading of the Kamaka anagama showing one of the four levels of loaded pots. These pots are all placed on setters or fireclay pads except for the small pots on the floor which are right under the side stoking. None of these ever got broken. The lower picture is of the right hand corner of the front which is right next to the fire. These front pots run some risks as they can be hit by a piece of wood during the firing but the ember build-up can give some outstanding colours.
The top picture is of a duck painted on the side of an early Chinese ceramic brush holder. The Paradise Duck is a photograph taken by my friend on a reservoir near his home in Mansfield, UK. What a wonderful combination of colours. More Shelfie pictures coming.
The Heron Migrates is the story of how a Japanese anagama kiln came to New Zealand. From Estelle and Bruce Martin's diaries from their trips to Japan and the building and firing of the Kamaka anagama. Soft cover with 400 photographs and drawings. 160 pages.
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