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CLAYTON AMEMIYA: Wood Fired Anagama Ceramics

An exhibit of Wood Fired Anagama Ceramics by Clayton Amemiya opens Saturday, July 26th with a reception for the artist at 5:00 pm.

Amemiya 1942

The exhibit will include new work fired in Clayton's anagama, a Japanese style of wood fired kiln. The anagama, or climbing kiln, is a 12-foot long tunnel, about 4½ feet tall and 4½ feet wide, built on a hillside, with the firebox at the bottom, and exit flue at the top. Hot flames are drawn from the firebox, through the chamber and out the flue.

The speed and intensity of the fire and how each piece is positioned in the kiln determine the final look of each piece. Flame and flying ash affect the clay surfaces, so that no two pieces look the same. Even though it takes four days to tend the fire, the anagama allows Clayton to get much wider variations in glaze and surface than he could with a gas or electric kiln.

Clayton was born in Wahiawa on O‘ahu. He attended Punahou School and received a bachelor’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Hawai‘i-Mänoa. Clayton was introduced to pottery while working at the U.S. Consulate in Okinawa in 1972, when he met Seisho Kuniyoshi who made Japanese tableware.

The exhibit runs through September 7th, and Gallery hours are 9 am - 5 pm daily.

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