Ja-gama (snake kiln) at Tanba !

It is essential to use kilns to fire the pottery and porcelain products. A traditional wood-fired kiln like an ana-gama (or hole kiln) or a nobori-gama or (climbing kiln) was very popular for the long time. However, these days, due to smoke from the kilns and cost of the wood, the wood-fired kilns face difficulties to use while gas-fueled kilns and electric kilns are getting popular due to easy control of temperature and cleanness. . This kiln is called Ja-gama (snake kiln) , a form of climbing kiln with a length of 50m and 9 chambers , at Konda-cho of Tanba which was built 140 years ago. Now, many potters here are trying to restore to practically use it.

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