Stanford Kazegama, February 2016
Hideo Mabuchi, a professor in Applied Physics at Stanford, has built a kazegama kiln on campus. It's a gas kiln with a port through which you can blow ash over the pots when the kiln reaches its peak temperature of cone 10 or 11. At that stage, the clay is so hot that the ash melts and reacts on contact, producing surface effects not unlike those created in wood-fired kilns. The pieces shown here are unglazed except for the insides of the cups. I was delighted to be able to place them in this firing. To see other pieces, please visit the website of Hideo Mabuchi, firemouse.me. Click on the images below for a larger view, and then mouse over for more information.