Twice a year Löllmann fires his pots in a Japanese anagama-kiln of eight metres length. A firing takes between seven and ten days and requires the uninterrupted presence and attention of the master and his two helpers. 25 cubic metres of well seasoned pine wood are needed to raise the temperature to 1300° Celsius which is then kept right to the end.
Inside the kiln the flames contribute to the effort of the potter: they lick the pots, transport ashes on their surfaces where they melt and merge with the clay, leaving all kinds of black-fissured patterns and greens which range from glassy marine hues to brilliant emerald. Notwithstanding the potter’s experience of many years and the greatest possible diligence in the execution of his craft: firing pots in a wood-fired anagama will always remain a hazard and a challenge, because the interplay of earth and fire cannot be completely calculated.
Uwe Löllmann has the learned to make visible the clay’s inherent beauties. His pots look as natural and convincing in their self-evidence as the elements of which he creates them. So in his best work we encounter a precious balance of audacity and tenderness, daring and purity, liveliness and calm. He has created pots which are powerful and calm and whose impact on the onlooker owes itself to their artistic integrity.