Item description for Building Your Own Kiln: Three Japanese Potters Give Advice and Instructions by Hiromi Itabashi...
Many potters undoubtedly dream of the day when they will build a kiln of their own. Others may wish simply to make better use of the kiln they now have, or one they have recourse to. Again, some connoisseurs may want to know more about the kilns that produce the ceramics they love. For all these people, Building Your Own Kiln presents the knowledge and experience that three veteran Japanese potters have gained from constructing their own kilns. Hiromi Itabashi, who is known for his abstract ceramic sculpture, provides step-by-step instructions on how to build a small gas kiln that fires some twenty pieces at a time. Because of its size and ease of use, this kiln is ideal for experimenting with different types of firing and various kinds of glazes. It can be built in a day and operated by one potter working alone. Roppo Tamura, who works in both artificial and natural glazes, describes the building of an anagama kiln, with its centuries-old history in Korea and Japan. He stresses the importance of the chimney and the "empty chamber" in regulating the temperature and offers many tips on construction and firing. Altogether he has built over twenty kilns in his lifetime. Naoki Kawabuchi, who is known particularly for his Nanban ware, describes the building of a "snake kiln," a type that has a history of over 600 years. He chose this type of kiln for its ability to produce a slow, even temperature, which suits his style of Nanban ware. The kilns of these three potters are profusely illustrated with diagrams and photographs, providing a concrete image of the building process and a virtual introduction to the role of the kiln in the ceramic arts. For all potters thinking of making a kiln of their own, as well as for ceramic lovers who want to know more about how pottery is made, Building Your Own Kiln offers a wealth of information and shared know-how, provided by three Japanese potters with years of experience in kiln construction.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.18" Width: 7.48" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Feb 6, 2004
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 477002973X ISBN13 9784770029737
Reviews - What do customers think about Building Your Own Kiln: Three Japanese Potters Give Advice and Instructions?
One major problem Mar 17, 2008
My property is dotted with firing pits, raku kilns and various "seat of the pants" fiber and fire brick kilns. I decided to follow the excellent instructions for Hiromi Itabashi's small gas kiln. I have purchased all the material exactly as specified but one; The "stacking shelves". He has specific dimensions of 13"x17.7", and in the photo they look more like refractory board than a kiln shelf. I have been unable to locate any kind of kiln shelf in these dimensions. I wonder if they are specific to Japan. It looks to me like these specific dimensions are necessary to proper heat distribution. In any case this makes the kiln he presents useless. Bob
The collaborative effort of Japanese master potters Mar 5, 2004
Illustrated with black-and-white as well as color photographs, Building Your Own Kiln: Three Japanese Potters Give Advice And Instructions is a meticulous, step-by-step guide covering everything from choosing the right materials and tools to measuring and construction, safety concerns, and properly operating the kiln once it is built. The collaborative effort of Japanese master potters Hiromi Itabashi, Roppo Tamura, and Naoki Kawabuchi, Building Your Own Kiln is an excellent and "user friendly" guide for pottery hobbyists and seasoned practitioners seeking to take their involvement in their craft to a professional level of quality.