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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…

Faceted French Butter Keepers

The winter residency program at Penland School of Crafts attracts artist of various levels who want to work independently.  One of the potters that was working there when I was doing the wood firing was Marsh Owen.  It was great to meet her as I really like her work and I got to discover what a sweet person she is.  So sweet in fact that she shared her technique for faceting pots with myself and a few of the other potters that where there.  I played around a little bit with the technique but I didn't really have time to practice very much while firing the wood kiln and Julia, the salt/soda kiln.

Now that I'm home I was able to take a little time and play with the technique.  Since I needed to make some butter keepers and thought this decoration would look good on them I created a few different ones.
Ceramic Butter Keepers by Future Relics Pottery
Faceted French Butter Keepers

Once they are glazed I might be able to decide which style I like best.  Which do you prefer?

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

Comments

  1. I like the one on the left, I think any piece of pottery that is picked up a lot is good with texture because it less likely to slip out of the hand, particularly for folks without a strong grip or with arthritis, etc.

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    1. Thanks Linda, good thoughts, I'll keep them in mind.

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  2. I'm going to wait for glaze before I decide. I like the surfacing on all three.

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    1. Fair enough Suzie, I have the same feelings.

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  3. they are all nice, but I think I agree with Linda about the one on the left.

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    1. Awww, Marsha, what great person! I have taken a couple of workshops with her and we ran into each other frequently at Claymakers. She is a very giving potter and a very talented one.

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