Started firing noborigama.

February 2, 2012

I started the fire in my kiln yesterday at about noon.  I will be firing this time all by my lonesome so I took the burner off my kerosene kiln and have put it to work for when I have to sleep.

At this point the temperatures  are 180  C. in room one, room two, 80 C. , Room one is closest to the fire box. It is about -3 C. outside.

I plan on finishing on either Sunday or Monday. I have to go slower than usual since I have to sleep and during that time the only thing watching the kiln will be my burner.

The burner is off my Shimpo kiln. The Shimpo holds 6 shelves that are about 30cm. by 25cm. My nobori holds, this time, 90 shelves that are 35 cm. by 40 cm. I am very interested to see if the burner will hold the temperature while I have it in use.

My schedule this time is designed to get around the problems I have encountered in the few times I have tried to fire by myself. The main problem is fatigue. Physical fatigue in the form of muscle cramps and tiredness. Mental fatigue is a small problem but I can usually get around that with small projects I set to do. This time I have had to do some cleaning up around the kiln and I plan to make a table out of some extra wood. To get around the physical fatigue I plan to work 12-13 hours and then put the burner in.

I also have pictures of my newly reconstructed chimney. I still have a steel water pipe topping it off. I had to redo the upper 1/3. The kiln is drying out and that is steam, not smoke coming out of it.

Loading, Day one

January 5, 2012

Here is what I loaded today.

The bottom shelves, next to the exit flues, have the biggest risk of not reaching temperature so I put some things that are being refired.

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750 bowls.

October 27, 2011

I have a new post here,

Adventure on Etsy

September 22, 2011

I have posted about a person scamming  on Etsy, please see

Antiques 9-19-11

September 19, 2011

This is a set of 2 visits,


August 23, 2011

Monotsukuri is an interesting term. It can be translated as, read more







August 21, 2011

New post on yobitsugi, see here.

Gold repair, kintsugi, part 3a..a The final frontier.

August 17, 2011

I am trying to get my site and blog back in shape. The next couple of posts will be reconstructs of posts I have already done that have been lost between a host switch.

For a reconstruct of the latest post on my blog, and for the new blog address, please see

Moving blog.

August 4, 2011

I have filled this blog up and am starting part 2 on a different site. You can see all new posts at this link,

Forest Market, Akishinonomori

July 11, 2011

I was at a market in Nara all day Sunday. The place is called Akishino-no-mori, the person running it is the dragon business woman who runs a restaurant named Kuruminoki.  She has converted a run-down pension into a very nice oasis of green in the middle of the Gakuenmae area of Nara. The white balance wasn’t set  so the picture color  is off.