World Wide Woodfire
Woodfiring has an age-old tradition in ceramics. The very first
ceramics ever fired were done (probably accidently) in camp fires
and rudimentary kilns thousands of years ago. Under woodfiring we
now understand firing a brick kiln with wood as fuel.
This necessitates a a certain kiln contsruction type with sometimes
several burning chambers and stoking ports for the feeding of the
wood. Special knowledge of woodfiring is also necessary - which
wood burns best? How long will a firing take? (It may actually be
a matter of days or even weeks.) What firing cycles are necessary?
Woodfiring has a strong connection to Anagama firing. The Anagama
kiln is a japanese style kiln fired with wood. The Woodfired
Stoneware from Shigaraki pages offer woodfired ceramics
Kanzaki (Japan), Chester
Nealie (Australia), Dick
Karl Beamer (USA) and Peter
Voulkos (USA). Voulkos fans can also see his work at the
Ceramic Cultural Park. Jack Troy is another well-known American
woodfiring ceramic artist, who spent some time in Australia where
he conducted an Anagama style woodfiring.
A certain type of perhaps adventurous ceramist is necessary for
woodfiring, which requires 'round the clock vigilance and attention.
It is also the most exciting and exhilirating form of firing ceramics
-not for nothing are ceramists sometimes called pyromaniacs!