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Ground Breaking

Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

Show and Tell

At the end of every session at Penland a Show and Tell is arranged where the artists can show off some of the work they created while here.  Here's my display and a few choice pieces from some other students.  Really the art was too good to post all of the best images so these are simply random.


  1. I love the show and tell part. We had some younger people in my class and they really got into the set up, it was fun to watch them like they were setting up for an ACC show or something!
    Those paintings are great aren't they?


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