THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR WAS EUAN CRAIG (AUSTRALIAN POTTER 14 YEARS IN MASHIKO). WE WERE ASSISTED BY NARITA SAN LOCAL POTTER WHO HAS FIRED THE KILN TWICE PREVIOUSLY AND ITO SAN STAFF OF MR. FURUKI WHO OWNS TAO ART CLUB WHERE THE KILN IS SITUATED IN MASHIKO, JAPAN.

HERE IS THE DIARY:

Anagama for Ghana

* ONE WAY CAR TRIP TO MASHIKO INC. FUEL IS APPROX 7,000 YEN
* ONE NIGHYT STAY AT THE “POTTERS INN” 3,000 YEN PER HEAD
Friday 13th June am time to be given packing van/cars
Steve / Ines/ Roni + the crew

Friday 13th June afternoon drive up to Mashiko from ISSH:
Steve in Steves car +Ping/Michio+pots
David Speirs/Justin McGloghlin in school van +pots (steve pays 15,000 return van costs)
Alberto Gnoli in his car+Micaela+pots (SHARE TRAVEL COSTS)
Robbie in Robbie’s car + pots+?

Friday 13th pm unpacking in Mashiko/
Steve/Ping/Mich/Alberto/David/Micaela/Robbie/Justin

friday 13th sleep overs:
Steve/ Ping /Michi /Alberto/Micaela/David/Justin/Robbie

Saturday 14th anagama packing/glazing *with Mr Furuki Staff
Steve/Ping/Michi/Micaela/McGeehan Family(5)/Alberto/Justin/Robbie
(David drives school van back to prepare for ISACS summer school).

Saturday 14 sleep over::
Steve /Ping/Mich/Micaela/Alberto/Justin/Robbie

Sunday 14th complete kiln packing start firing:
Steve /Ping/Michi/Genevieve/Claire/Heloise/Rob/Paul/Robbie/Micaela/Alberto/Justin+local kiln man

front and rear doors brick up

finally the 4 corners are blessed with salt and sake and Steve lights the first wood in the fire box

Sunday 15th Drive back to Tokyo :
Robbie + Micaela (share drive costs)

Sunday 15th sleep over:
Steve/Michi/Ping/Justin/Alberto (Halses with Euan Craig)

Monday 16th continual firing :
Steve /Ping/Michi/Justin/Genevieve+local kiln man
Alberto drives back to Tokyo

temperature rise very slow over first 24hrs


Monday 16th sleep over :
Steve/ PIng/Michi/Justin

Tuesday 17th continual firing:
Steve/Ping/MIchi/Justin/Genevieve + local kiln man Ito san

the team stoked for 4 hour shifts over 6 days. 6000 logs. average 1 log per minute-24hrs a day.

Tuesday 17th sleep over:
Steve /PIng/Michi/Justin

Wednesday 18th continual firing:
Steve/Ping/Mich/Genevieve/Rob H/Justin+local kiln man

Wed.: Ito san brought out samples from the back of the anagama(round vase)and from the front (tea bowl)

wednesday 18th sleep over:
Steve/MIchi/Justin/Ping/

Thursday 19th continual firing :
Steve /Ping/Michi/Genevieve/Catherine T-P/
Justin travels back to Tokyo by train
Ping travels to Narita on the Utsumomia Narita Limousine Bus

Thursday 19th sleep over:
Steve/Michi/Catherine/Justin

the youthfull Craig finishes the front stoking

Friday 20th finish firing:
Steve/Ping/Catherine/Genevieve/RobH/Justin+ local kiln man

Friday 20th return to Tokyo in the evening if the firing is complete
travel back in Steve’s car :Steve/Michi/Justin/local kiln man (by this time he is a family member!)/Catherine .
possibly David comes to pick up in the school van if we can’t all fit in?

*we may have to stay over friday night depending on the speed of the firing.

Friday June 27th return to unpack the kiln
Steve’s car+ Rochelle+ Michiyo/
David+? school van/
John McGeehan’s van
Alberto’s car
+Michi/Genevieve??/Catherine??/
Robbie’s car

Sleep over friday June 27th :
Steve/Michi/John/David/Alberto/Robbie/Genvieve
Saturday 28th return to ISSH and unpack /stack inpottery room ready for the September show