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CCC Anagama, Fall Firing
Fred Herbst, professor of ceramics at Corning Community College, vary graciously invited me to be among the participants in a wood firing in their beautiful small Anagama kiln.  This fall firing turned out to be exceptionally good.  All together the loading, firing, cooling and unloading cycle took 12 days with 5 days of continuous stoaking to reach and maintain cone 12.  All of my pieces were put into the kiln as bare clay.  Thus all of the surface qualities were contributed by the process of the firing itself.  I was extremely happy with the results on my work.  Thank you Fred!

This album shows 4 versions of Sweetlips.  All of the untitled pieces at the conclusion of the album are small inventions and not based upon a paticular species.  They are meant to be displayed in groupings of any number on a wall or tabletop.
Date(s): July 3, 2006. Album by Marvin Bjurlin. Photos by Marvin Bjurlin. 1 - 37 of 37 Total. 16965 Visits.
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Anagama Load

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Load showing fishhead

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Sailfish, starbord side
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Sailfish, port side

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Sweetlips, starbord side
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Sweetlips, port side
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Sweetlips, starbord side
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Sweetlips, starbord side
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Sweetlips, starbord side
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Fred Herbst
Much credit is owed to this fine young ceramics teacher who has built one of less than a half  dozen Anagama kilns in a Community College in the United States.  His energy and commitment to this extremely labor intensive firing method gives his students a unique experience in the world of clay.

 
   
 
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