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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…

Have Mug, Will Travel

The travel mugs have been glazed and fired and taken for a few test drives.  Now they are ready to go to their new homes.  They hold a full 12 ounces of coffee, or tea, or whatever your favorite beverage is.  It comes right up to the splash guard which is perfect.  The are light enough to be carried comfortably but heavy enough that they don't tip over in a loose cup holder like the one in my truck.  We also tested them out in a car with a nice deep cup holder and the handles are high enough to stay out of the cup holder.

Ceramic Travel Mugs by Future Relics
Travel Mugs

They are made with the driver in mind so the handle and splash guard is oriented so you can pick it up with your right hand and drink directly. However, since their is also an opening on the opposite side of the splash guard people who prefer to hold a mug with their left hand will still be able to use the mug.  I tend to be ambidextrous when it comes to using a mug and this is a feature I really like.  I have a handled, lidded travel mug that I can only use with one hand unless I continually turn the lid around.  It annoys me so it's rarely used.  I do think I will make some that are oriented for the passenger, which may also be appealing to left handed folks.

Which hand do you use to hold a mug?

This is the last entry for the Mudcolony blog.  It's moved over to Facebook so check them out there after this week.

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


  1. Oh I should have asked about your travel mugs when I was there, Gary was asking me and I didn't know and then we got distracted; I learn something every day.

    1. Hi Linda, these are 3 of the 5 that made it. I had a couple out in the shelfs when you were here but I forgot to show them to you. Next time.

  2. I know that folks like coffee on the go, but I try to have 2 good cups a day.
    When I have my coffee it is all about my zen moment, I make, I sit and I drink. I don't walk, talk or drive with coffee. My kids laugh- you are all about the moment with your joe. Yes, I am... some days I hold it with both hands..

    1. That sounds like heaven. I try to make sure I do spend some time just enjoying my coffee or tea and the mug that I'm using. You're right, it's a bit like meditation but it's so hard to find that time some days.

  3. Hi Lori
    A great idea. And much better than the metal travel mugs I'm sure.
    See you on the Facebook Mud Colony page :)


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