My latest creation is a noborigama style kiln. Noborigamas tend to emphasize efficiency rather than dramatic wood ash deposits. I am looking at the new kiln as a way to work through ideas about glazes, clay bodies and forms. I see it as a test kiln of sorts for the anagama.
A noborigama is traditionally a multi-chambered climbing kiln built on a slope. My kiln is about 6 feet high (2 m) and 7.5 feet long (2.5 m). It has a volume of 60 cubic feet (1.6 m3). It is stoked through a firebox in the front, with one stoke hole on either side. Construction of the noborigama was finished in December of 2009. This kiln is fired about once a month unless preparations to fire the anagama are under way. The firings have averaged about 50 hours long.