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Kissed By The Flame

Some pots are quiet, they don’t speak of carving or imagery. This one didn’t even speak of glaze colors or designs. Sometimes it’s a good idea to listen to the quiet. That would probably have been a better name for this post, maybe it’s the name of the vase. With nothing but a spearmint liner glaze, this piece was placed in the soda kiln. It’s about 11 inches tall so it was put in the top with a sculpture and a few other tall pieces. The soda and the flame did the decoration.

The vase is still very quiet but I think it came out well. I’m pleased with the painting the soda and flame did.

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Galleryby Lori Buff

Refreshment Time

Holiday season means hectic season.  Many of us have shows, we have to make sure galleries and stores have enough pots in stock, on-line orders are filled and shipped, plus we have to deal with our own lives and how hectic that becomes around this time of year.  It can all be fun and exciting as well as draining.

The good news is that January is a slower month that gives us an opportunity to refresh our energy.  We may still have to make pottery, at least I hope so, but we can do it at a more relaxed pace.  This is a great time to experiment, to try some new technique, form or surface decoration that has been dancing in our imaginations.
Experimental Pitcher Form

It's also a good time to play around with some other creative outlet.  Sometimes doing something completely different and just for fun can add a whole new freshness to your work.  You may start drawing or painting and find a new form to throw or a new idea for decorating surfaces.  Lots of things may happen if we let our minds and our hands play.

This is also a great time to take a few minutes everyday to take yourself for a walk.  You may have to bundle up against the cold but you will feel refreshed physically and mentally after just a short time.

What do you do to refresh yourself and your work?

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff


  1. OH YES, I love how in January you get a chance to do those experiments indeed, even if the studio is FREEEEEEzing cold :) I love, btw, your slide show up top!

  2. Thanks Gary, I'd suffer without my space heater in my little studio. I also built it with a lot of insulation which is a really help and so worth the cost.

  3. I am so lucky that I am working in the spare bedroom in our home so I have heat and air, I just glaze and fire in the garage and suffer through in there. If it gets too cold I use a space heater. I plan taking more basket workshops this winter and am anxious to start those after the new year.

    1. Hi Linda, I thought it would be air conditioning that you need the most in Florida.


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