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Wood fired kiln tour offered

May 30, 2014 - 12:05am

Volcano Art Center invites the public to join Clayton Amemiyato in firing his anagama kiln from noon to 2 p.m. June 6 at his studio north of Hilo.

Amemiyato’s kiln is a 12-foot long tunnel, about 4 1/2 feet tall and 4 1/2 feet wide where temperatures of 2,400 degrees are reached ove several days. Many factors determine the final look of each piece: the speed and intensity of the fire and how each piece is positioned in the kiln where flying ashes vary the glaze so that no two pieces look exactly the same. Even though it takes four days to tend the fire, the anagama allows Amemiyato to get much wider variations in glaze and surface than he could with a gas kiln.

The cost for this event is $55 and includes a small tea cup from the artist. Reservations are required. For more information, contact Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or visit