In the winter of 2016 I set up shop in Ubud Bali,

working out of Gaya Ceramic Studio.

 

Gaya Ceramic Studio. It's such a pleasure to work in a studio without walls again.

Humble Cups foreground, anagama kiln background. Somehow all these and more will fit into that kiln.

Down and dirty, loading the anagama kiln. If it 80°f outside it's 100°f inside.

Firing the anagama kiln

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 Instinctively never trust a happy ceramicist. My turn monitoring the inferno for the next 8 hours.

Peeking inside the kiln at about 2282°f (1250°c). If you look closely on the top shelf left you can see some of the pyrometric cones (spiky shapes) have melted, these give a visual reading of temperature. The cone on the far right is cone 13 and it's starting to move...HOT. Below are the cones before being set in the kiln.

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Unearthing creativity. Finally after three days of firing and three days of cooling we can open the kiln. If I wasn't an artist I'd dearly love to be an archeologist, two birds with one stone here.

Humble Cup - Anagama fired

 A touch of Bali, Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppets Ubud, a nice excursion to see what others have made.

Back to studio life.

Once you put your name on something made of clay it's there for a very long time, for better or worse. I like that risk.

New places bred new shapes, I've started on a new shape, curved sides into a chiseled heal. I'm curious if this shape can remain humble.