My future father-in-law’s main hobby is Japanese pottery. We enjoyed a little time together during Golden Week by spending eight hours feeding split wood into a kiln. Here are a couple photos of him and me crouching in front of the mouth.
The rock stairs on either side are valued at over a thousand dollars each. They are taken from old homes and gardens that are being torn down for modernization. It’s a shame that such beautiful items are now becoming trash to be hauled away. On the bright side, we work in one of the most luxurious kilns in Japan.
Here are a couple shots of the fire itself. Temperatures are around 1250 Celcius during the main phase of firing the kiln. Once one adjusts to the intensity of the heat, and the brightness of the flames, they can be hypnotized by the fire twisting and dancing around in the maelstrom.
I need to learn how to force the camera settings in extreme conditions if I hope to capture the fascinating shapes of the flames.