Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bike Mugs

Autumn is on the way.  For those of us that have been dealing with high heat and humidity it feels welcome. We’ve actually been having some perfect late summer days followed by cool nights. This means I have started riding my bicycle in the morning. It feels really good to ride even if I’m a bit out of shape and not going very far, it’s fun and it’s progress towards going on longer rides.

Atlanta may not be as bike friendly as Portland, OR but it’s getting there. We have been having a huge growth in bike commuting, about 400% from 2000 - 2009. The Atlanta Beltline has really helped to increase awareness and riders. One day I hope to be able to ride the entire Beltline on my bike.
Handmade Old Style Bike Mugs by Lori Buff
Antique Bike Mugs

So in honur of all the folks that ride for pleasure or commute I created a line of bike mugs. These two just came out of the soda kiln.

I really like the look of the old fashioned bikes but I have never even tried to ride one. Have you?

Other Stuff:

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kickstarting 50 Women-- Not Your Grandmother's Ceramics

The 50 Women team bring a landmark women’s exhibition to Kansas City, Spring 2016 
American Jazz Museum, Changing Gallery, Kansas City, MO, USA, August 2015 
Exhibition Dates: March 16 to May 13, 2016

Like every other subculture, American ceramics may differ in the glue that connects people, but it reflects some of the challenges facing society as a whole. 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference. In 50 years, there has never been a comprehensive survey of work done by women. The contributions of women to contemporary American ceramics are substantial and several; but recognition has been spotty at best. Co-curators, Anthony Merino and Alex Kraft identified this issue and the idea behind the 50 Women exhibition took seed.

A great exhibition takes a great deal of money and there are still expenses that need to be covered. These include but are not limited to international shipping, domestic shipping of large artworks, insurance, installation and printing costs. To assist in covering these costs, the organizers have launched a Kickstarter campaign. All of the managerial labor costs provide by co-curator Mr. Anthony Merino and Ms. Alex Kraft, as well as the marketing coordinator Melanie Shaw and Kansas City liaison Arzelyn Umali are beping provided free of charge. Please consider helping 50 Women promote this campaign.

From poetry slamming, Comic-Con, bikers, Cosplay and Volkswagen enthusiasts to bell jar collectors and college football fans-- America stitches patches of intense identification into a large culture. The world of contemporary ceramics makes up a small section of this quilt. Every year four to five thousand members of the ceramic community gather together at a single conference sponsored by NCECA. In addition, the American Jazz Museum expects an additional visitor count of approximately six to eight thousand during the run of the exhibition. With the additional support of the UMKC Women’s Center-Her Art Project, the exhibition will open mid-March during Women’s History Month, with supporting events and activities at the Museum and UMKC facilities.

Kickstarter Campaign: 
Ben Carter interview with Anthony and Alex: 
Tales of a Red Clay Rambler, POD #107: Alex Kraft and Anthony Merino on 50 Women

50 Women-A Celebration of Women’s Contribution to Ceramics 
Co-Curators-Anthony Merino, Alex Kraft 
9 Dubis Street 
Adams, MA 01220 

Today’s blog post was submitted by Anthony Merino on behalf of 50 Women - A Celebration of Women’s Contributions to Ceramics which looks like an amazing event. Maybe we should all plan a trip to Kansas when this exhibit is up.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Other Peoples Pots - Jeff Brown Mug for Moving

Crowd funding types of project funding are very popular these days. You can most likely get lots of different things to help support lots of great causes. It’s not a bad way of funding a project or a need. Of course it’s impossible for me to support all of the projects that I’d like to support but when I saw my blogging buddy Michèle Hastings and her partner Jeff Brown were running their own champaign called Mugs for Moving I was inspired to make a purchase. I already have a mug Michèle made with a beautiful shino glaze so I ordered one of Jeff’s mugs and I’m very happy I did. I really love the mug.

A few months ago I bought an espresso machine with a steamer at a local thrift store. Now I can have a beautiful mug of cappuccino whenever I want, which is most mornings. The frothed milk takes up a little more room in the mug than the same amount of cream that’s not steamed so I need a slightly larger mug. This one fits the bill, as well as the coffee and milk. It’s also very comfortable in my hand and when drinking out of it. Maybe one day I’ll try to figure out how to make fun decoration in the froth.
Jeff Brown Fern Mug posted by Lori Buff
Jeff Brown Fern Mug

I really like the surface decoration too. The shino that I like on Michèle’s mug was used on this with a nice green glaze and Jeff’s signature fern pattern. I am a fern lover so that really speaks to me.

Thanks for the great mug y’all and good luck in your new home.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Spicy Schezwan Zucchini Noodles with Peanuts and Chilis

My mom was the neighborhood piano teacher after she retired. One of her students was Chinese, her grandparents migrated here from China. They really liked my parents and somehow learned that I love Schezwan foods.  I love the spices and the flavors. So the grandmother would cook a meal for me whenever I visited my parents. I’m not sure that I’ll ever come close to duplicating anything that she cooked but that isn’t going to stop me from trying.

This dish is very quick and easy to make. It takes about 20 minutes and is delicious hot or cold. The recipe here makes about four servings which means leftovers in our house. You might want to make enough to have lunch on Tuesday.

Spicy Schezwan Zucchini Noodles with Peanuts and Chilis by Future Relics Pottery
Spicy Schewan Zucchini Noodles


1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey (brown sugar will work if you’re vegan)
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon hot chili oil
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup coconut milk (lite or regular)
3 medium size zucchinis, spiralized using a veggie spiralizer
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, finely chopped
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
6 baby bell peppers, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 hot pepper of choice, sliced and seeded if you want less heat
1 avocado sliced (optional)


Combine the peanut butter and tahini in a large serving bowl and whisk until combined. Then whisk in the soy sauce, honey, lime juice, hot chili oil, toasted sesame oil and coconut milk.

Add the zucchini noodles, peanuts, sesame seeds, basil, cilantro, baby bell peppers and tomatoes.

Toss well to combine. Serve with sliced avocado to cut the heat.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pottery Class

You may remember that I have been invited to teach a pottery class at the Tucker Recreation Center in Tucker, GA.  I’m super excited about it. The class is already about half full but the deadline for registration is approaching so I thought I’d post the application for anyone that is interested.

This is essentially a beginner’s class but a few of the students have some experience and just want to improve their work and learn a few more techniques. I love having some varied levels of experience because then the students end up learning from each other. It makes for a great class dynamic. Also, beginning students will sometimes ask questions or come up with projects that really get me thinking. I love that.
Carved Covered Casserole by Lori Buff

Here’s the link to the application, you can print it, fill it out and mail it in, all the information is on the form.


If you have any question you can ask them in the comments or send me an email.

You can find more detail on the class in my previous blog post here:


Thanks for reading.

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