Our Anagama Program
Our Anagama kiln was built in the early 1990s by Ben Owen III, a third generation Seagrove, North Carolina potter. The kiln was built with design elements of a traditional Japanese anagama and a traditional southern groundhog kiln. The coming together of these seemingly distinct pottery traditions has played a part in the recent nicknaming of the kiln as the “Confluence Kiln” (gouryuugama in Japanese).
The kiln acts as the focal point for the coming together or confluence of diverse styles of pottery and sculpture as well as the coming together of an ever widening group of potters from throughout the southeast and recently from as far away as Texas. With the beautiful grounds of the Hambidge Center as the background, the kiln provides a great opportunity for community building among clay artists while at the same time giving first hand experiences of the marvels of the wood firing process. The firing of the kiln over a three day weekend provides potters with the unique opportunity to experience all facets of a wood firing. We fire our kiln 2-4 times a year with groups of 15-20 potters. You can read more about the firing process and see photos here.
We are working to expand and improve our Anagama program, and would be honored by your support of this goal. All donations are tax-deductible.
We truly appreciate your donation to the Anagama Program! You will be emailed a receipt.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.