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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Anagama kiln firing

Gordon Hutchens is an accomplished potter. He has built a "climbing hill dragon" kiln, otherwise known as a Tozan Anagama wood fired kiln on a hillside on his property. One of only two of its kind in North America, the kiln is fired once each spring. For four days, 24 hours a day, it is fuelled with wood. After a week it is cool enough to remove the pots.
Today was a public day. I walked over in the afternoon and took some pictures.

Gordon, in blue shirt, at the kiln's mouth at the bottom of the slope.

Showing the lower part of the kiln.

There are side vents on each side of the kiln. Note the upward slope.

The chimney at the top of the slope.

Looking back down from standing beside the chimney.

The wood pile used to fuel the kiln.

A side view of the kiln.

The kiln mouth covered.

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