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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…

Holiday Gift

I recall the story of a potter who talked about the gift of a potters rib she received for Christmas every year.  Where she appreciated the gesture it was just not the type of tool she used and it was a little sad a frustrating.  I suppose if she stored them up for a few years she could make a nice donation to a school or something.

Thankfully, I didn't have that issue this year.  One of my gifts was a pair of beautiful ribs made by Troy Bungart.  All his ribs are hand crafted out of beautiful woods.  He's also a potter so one would think he really considers how the ribs will be used.  I already have a couple of his tools and I really love them.  They are formed and finished beautifully plus it's nice to have ribs that are not in mass produced shapes.  Don't get me wrong, I love my Mudtools ribs a lot.  It's just nice to have the more unique forms.

Pottery Ribs by Troy Bungart

As much as I wanted to sneak away to the studio and play with them yesterday, I resisted the urge.  It was a holiday after all.  Now I'll get my chance.  The large rib is about 7" at it's largest, I can see using this for platters and serving bowls, and I'm already envisioning other forms to create.  What would you make?

I hope your Christmas was warm and happy and full of love.

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


  1. There's nothing better than a beautifully finished piece of wood and the fact that it is fashioned into a tool even more wonderful, amazing that the one rib is seven inches.

  2. Now THAT is a Christmas gift! Such beautiful wood and the shapes will make some interesting work, happy potting in 2014!

  3. I use my triangle like that one for almost EVERYTHING :)

  4. I wrote a comment yesterday, but I guess blogger ate it. I gave Jeff a set of Troy Bungert ribs for Christmas this year! They are beautiful. I almost wanted to keep them for myself :o)

  5. Congrats on those awesome ribs! Troy stopped at my house a few days ago and I used some Christmas cash to pick out a handful of them. I haven't had a chance to use them yet but they are amazing to look at!


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