Clayton Amemiya

Clayton amemiya is a seasoned anagama craftsman who combines ancient firing techniques he learnt in Okinawa with his own signature style. His ceramic processes begin with wheel-thrown and handmade forms. When the forms are leather hard, he may carve them and smudge on oxides that will interact with the wood ash during the firing. He woodfires the work using an anagama or semi-subterranean kiln. His main inspirations are Korean and Japanese pottery of the 15th and 16th centuries, specifically large Japanese storage jars and Korean rice bowls. The barrel vault on top of the fire brick is a mixture of clay and volcanic cinder. The kiln is about 11 feet long by four feet wide and four feet high. A tall brick chimney in the back releases steam and heat through dry-stacked bricks, which have some air between them and through the top, which is controlled by a damper. The chimney draws heat from the front to the back of the kiln.

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