The anagama, packed and ready to start firing. The anagama firings last about 100 hours, and  the results depend on the decorative effects of wood ash landing on the glazes or raw clay surfaces of the work packed in the kiln.  The Paluma Pottery has a second wood fired kiln of different design.  For details click here (external link)

Flame paths must be considered during packing, because they determine the distribution and amount of wood ash landing on the pots. Packing demands intense concentration over days or weeks.

Some of the pots are packed upright and others at angles so the flow of natural ash glaze will form the decoration. The ash glaze is deposited on the shelves as well as on the pots so the pots are separated and supported  by seashells or clay wads. The wads are made of special clay mixtures designed to resisit ash glaze and leave appropriate marks on the work.

Firing an anagama is an exhausting process. No one person can stay awake and alert for 100 hours so a team of stokers is needed to keep stoking around the clock. After firing the kiln takes days to cool enough for unpacking.