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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…

Happy Valentine's Day

My dad was a sales rep for a greeting card company.  He didn't work for Hallmark, the biggest greeting card company of the day, because he didn't like how they treated people.  He was a good salesman and most likely could have earned more money working for that large corporation but he has values.  He also worked on commission.  That meant that he had to rely on good sales during certain holidays in order for us to live comfortably.   We never had a new car and I often wore clothes that were handed down from my cousin or even my brothers.  But we always had food on the table, a warm home, and everything we really needed.

I always flinch a little when someone says "it's a holiday that's made up by the greeting card companies."  Maybe it is.  But is showing someone that you love them and helping someone put food on the table such a bad thing?

Lilly Pad Heart

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?  How?

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  1. You know I always think the same thing. I sort of don't like what all these holidays have become, but I also realize it is giving jobs to people. It's a fine line.... but I for one love getting a card in the mail!

    1. It's also possible to get a hand crafted card, and yes, it feels really good to find one in the mailbox.

  2. Hop on over to my blog and you can see how I celebrate! My daughter worked for Hallmark in college. She worked on a team that switched out all the stores seasonally. They often worked at night. She loves cards so it was one of her favorite college jobs, and the money was good for a college student.

    1. I'll bet your daughter started working for Hallmark long after my dad got out of the business. I'm so glad to know that she enjoyed it and was well compensated.

  3. we treat it like another Christmas, woohoo, treats and presents for all!

  4. In this day of computers I think a card with a personal message inside would be welcomed by many. Love the lily pad heart.


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