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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…

Casseroles for Autumn

Their is a chill in the air this morning.  It's getting cooler at night and it's taking longer for the day to warm up.  Green leaves are quietly changing to yellow, ambers, and reds.  Autumn has arrived.  Each night that we are able to dine out on the deck I think it's going to be the last al fresco meal for a while.  I love to eat out side, do you?

My tastes flow with the seasons.  During warm seasons I dress lightly, eat lighter, fresher foods, even drink more white wine and light colored beers.  As the weather turns cooler, like now I head for red wines, darker beers, soups, and casseroles.

What's better than walking into a nice warm kitchen that holds the fragrance of a delicious dinner?  Well, besides opening up the kiln to a beautiful casserole.  Actually, the dinner may be better because you get to enjoy the casserole dish as well as the food it holds.

Freshly Thrown Casseroles

Expect to see some more casserole recipes on Meatless Mondays.

While you're thinking warm thoughts head over to Mudcolony, many of those bloggers are from Australia where it's spring.

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


  1. it's the season for casseroles, chilly weather this morning

    1. It is in lots of places in the US Linda, you're right.

  2. Its more than warm thoughts today in Brisbane, Aust Lori - its meant to hit 36degrees (past 96.8 F) :) Your casseroles looks great!


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