My husband, potter Lee Horus Clark, completed the first incarnation of the Little River Hikarigama, in Simonds New Brunswick in 2000 . In 2008, He and I tore the back chamber down and rebuilt that kiln as a straight anagama. In 2010, we built a bourry-box style kiln with a large firebox in Knowlesville, and in 2012, we started the construction of the Queenstown Anagama, located in our front yard, outside our home and studio in Queenstown, New Brunswick.
Our studio is a large post-and-beam cedar-shingled building that was originally built, in the 1920s, as a barn and forge for the village blacksmith who owned this property. It remains standing, only a little worse for wear after surviving many years, an oil-spill, and a recent severe flood (2015).
We fire the Queenstown Anagama twice a year (when possible), for between 6-10 days. We burn between 6-10 cords of sustainably harvested or salvaged Tamarack, Pine, Hemlock and Apple-wood for each firing. The fire must be stoked every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day, for the entire 6-10 day duration. Our four kids are part of every aspect of the wood-firing process. Their presence, input and help, make things extra-fun, interesting, wild, and wonderful.