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Peter's Valley Anagama Workshop'07

   I had the opportunity to enjoy more fire this summer at Peter's Valley Craft Center in New Jersey assisting my friend John Dix with a wood fire workshop he was leading. (Incidentally, I was excited to learn from CAU's own Aly Graham that she is currently taking classes from John in Kobe, Japan.) Peter's Valley has an extensive ceramics studio and this particular workshop centered around their large anagama kiln which was built in the 1970's and is fired once a year. We spent three days loading more than 1,000 pieces into the kiln, then fired the kiln for three days, and unloaded it five days later. Peter's Valley is in the heart of the Delaware River Gap National Monument. I missed John's making workshop which led up to the firing, but apparently they had a great time loosening their forms, adding texture and variability to their work, and learning some of the ideas and philosophies behind Japanese ceramics. John is an unpretentious, fun-loving potter who grew up in Flint, Michigan, and has been living in Japan for the past 15 years. Peter's Valley was so much fun that John and I have been talking about repeating the experience in Utah in 2008.
     
       - Submitted to the Fall 2007 Newsletter by Gavin Noyes

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