There are airholes that run through the steps
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Kamameishi: They are the first Ekiben, or railroad box lunch. Making the containers for these helped get Mashiko through some bad economic times.
I was firing the woodkiln yesterday. Jean always pampers me when I am firing: made me kamameishi chicken (or, I should say, "my Canadian Gandma's Sage & Apple Stuffing with chicken." I figured out cooking stuffing this way because we don't have a "real" oven. They aren't common in Japan. I made stuffing, put it in the kamameishi and put a chicken breast (skin & all) on top and baked it in the toaster over. I'll never have to wait 'til Thanksgiving for Sage Stuffing again. Found sage seeds at Starnet Cafe (a resturant, gallery and clothing store that has a small organic food section too.) So I have fresh Sage growing in a flower box (trim it, dry it, and more grows back.) It is much better than the canned stuff.
So, at the end of firing, and after a hot soak in the Ofuro (Japanese bath), I sat down to Sage stuffing and Chicken, and a cold mug of Kirin...
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Monday, January 24, 2005
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Tomorrow, I'll stoke wood. Will start early so I don't fire too
late. Everything is bisqued this load, so I will start the firing
faster, and go slow at the end. The kiln is packed tightly, so going
slow at the end will help even things out.
Friday, January 21, 2005
First one (red one) is a hanko I use for documents.
The second one is my primary stamp for pottery. It also came from the
The third one, is my best rendition of the same character as hanko #2.
The Fourth one is what I used in St. Paul and I still sometimes use. It
is IKIRU, the name of my studio/pottery.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
First one is a rubber stamp my Uncle in Sakai had made for me. It is
my Zen name, Dairin.
The second one is a copy of the first one. It is made in clay.
The thrid one is the first character for Mashiko. It means warehouse.
The last one is made from an impression of a Jade charm that the Dalai
Lama blessed for me.
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Saturday, January 15, 2005
This dish is impressed with a rope, then brushed with slip and then
scraped. It takes patiences and time to do. Like one visiting potter
told me (as best as I can remember) , "I'd couldn't make a living take
so much time on one piece."
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
There are a pile of these shells at the local fish market. Most are
too big for use under pots. I dumped these out of the galvanized
bucket so I could heat some water on the kerosene heater in the kiln room.
Click on this or the other two photos for a larger image.
This is the first level of shelves loaded into the kiln. I wrapped both Bizen and Shigaraki clay jars in rice straw and rice straw rope. Some of the bizen I put in sagger pots that also have charcoal in them.
I load the shelves closest to the back all first, so I don't have to reach over them at the door. Saves the back.
If you click on the photos above, you will go to larger examples and will be able to leave commets at FlickR.