Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Shigaraki Style Wood Kiln Building workshop

Shigaraki Style Wood Kiln Building workshop
with Hajimu Kato (Shigaraki, Japan)
Date Oct 16, 2006 (Mon.) - Oct 22, 2006 (Sun.) (7 Days)
Capacity 10
Cost $180 (including lunch)

Participants in this workshop willl build a chambered Shigaraki-type wood kiln (Anagama plus 2 chamber kiln) designed by Japanese potter Hajimu Kato at STARworks in Star, NC. Shigaraki is one of the oldest pottery villages in Japan and with more than 1300 years of ceramic history. This type of kiln is very efficient and easy to control. The workshop will feature Mr. Kato's theories, ideas and techniques.

Mr. Kato is a professional potter from Shigaraki Japan. He has been wood-firing for over 20 years. He uses Shigaraki clays, and makes beautiful unglazed teabowls, flower vases and tablewares. He has won many prizes for his work in Japan. He is a member of the Japanese Craft Association.

Special Guest: Andres Allik (Tallin, Estonia)
Mr. Allik is a professional kiln builder from Estonia and has designed and built many types of wood kilns in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, and Iceland. Mr. Allik is also an organizer of the Kohila International Wood firing festival held each summer in Estonia. He will share his knowledge and experience about kiln building.

Lodging and Food:
Accommodations are available at the Star Hotel in downtown Star only one block from the workshop. A block of rooms has been reserved until October 9th at:
Star Hotel - a renovated Victorian house built in 1896, located in the town of Star within walking distance of the workshop. An eclectic mix of artwork, Victorian antiques plus warm southern hospitality with full country breakfast will make this a memorable stay. Call: 910-428-2565 to make a reservation for a room at special workshop price including breakfast.

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