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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…

Teapot Tuesday - Dogwood Teapot

This is another example of a side handled teapot.  Last weeks teapot was smaller and had the handle on the left, this one is a little larger and is handled on the right side.  This pot was also made with a white clay that works well for doing Mishima and underglaze design so that's exactly what I did with it.  I even took some videos of the processes, you can find them on my youtube channel here.

Dogwood Mishima pottery tea pot by Future Relics Gallery
Dogwood Teapot
The only thing I don't like about this teapot is trying to get a good photograph of it.  I think it looks a little off balance in the picture because the handle is behind the teapot body.  If I take the picture from the top like I did the smaller side handled teapot, then you loose a lot of the detail of the painting.  These are some of the trials of a 3D artist showing work in 2D.  How would you photograph the piece?

I hope everyone has a great Teapot Tuesday.  I can't wait to see the tea pots the other potters are posting.

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

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  1. The picture isn't coming up. The video is fine. Neat pot!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up, the storms have messed up my internet service so I may take a few hours to fix it. I'll post on Facebook when I can.

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  2. You have no idea how much I want to photograph and CANNOT !

    XO T

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    1. It should be working now, sorry about that.

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  3. oh I love that teapot, my pink dogwood has a couple of flowers I may post them tomorrow. the dogwood is wonderful as the flowers reflect light from the sun and your teapot has captured that brightness very well.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I'd love to see your dogwood trees.

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