Filled to the brim with laughter and new learnings was the Anagama Firing with Bruce Dehnert at Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry. Bruce is a ceramist from America, well known for his sculptures and pottery, you can find his pieces in a number of museums and collections. Such a lively and energetic person to be around.
Fueled with firewood, An anagama kiln has no physical structure separating the stoking space from the loaded pieces. Thus all Anagama pieces have a story to tell with it's natural ash glaze. Stoking occurs around the clock to achieve a variety of variables caused by oxidation to heavy reduction and the occasional raking.
The Anagama special formula
Flame + Ash + Clay body minerals = Natural Ash Glaze
Along with heat, burning wood produces fly ash and volatile salts which settles on the pieces resulting in all these crazy variations .
Our 89 hour long Chinnagama firing, from making to unloading and everything in between, was an incredible workshop. Being surrounded by such inspiring people and mentors, accompanied with the pleasures of being back and working at Golden Bridge Pottery.