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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…

The Tortoise and The Hare

Do you remember that old story about a tortoise and hare racing.  Since the hare is faster he thinks he can screw around and take a nap while the tortoise just carries on at his own pace and ends up winning.  The moral of the story is that if we just stay on course and do what we have to do we will win the race, and maybe we won't even break a sweat.  That's my normal philosophy, slow and steady, just keep making pots and I'll be ready for any show.  Yes, their is often a push to get somethings done near the end but normally I don't have too much panic.

Today I'm panicking.

Two of my biggest spring shows are happening simultaneously.  That means twice the pots to make, fire, glaze/decorate and fire again.  They have to be priced, entered into inventory, and packed into boxes and bins and then packed into the vehicle.

In the tradition of slow and steady, I tend to have an inventory of pots.  I can, and have, done a show at the last minute with no problems.  But this is two shows, two big shows.  Do we ever have enough pots?
Fired Works 2013

Right now the last bisque kiln is firing.  It has a few pieces that I made special for a Mother's Day show and pieces for Fired Works and The Inman Park Festival (the simultaneous shows).  I'll have to fire two glaze kilns and do a naked raku firing before the week is up.  I'll also have to go through all these pots and figure out which ones go to which show.

Time for another mug of coffee.

Other Stuff:

Fired Works
Central City Park
Macon, GA
April 25th - May 4, 2014

Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes
Atlanta, GA
April 26th - 27th 2014

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


  1. Exactly, another mug of coffee will fix your head.

    And, of course, all will be fabulous.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

  2. I forget how you said you can be in two places at once. Good luck with all the making. Naked raku sounds interesting.

    1. Thanks Linda, it's very interesting, you should try it when you get your raku kiln set up.

  3. Hope you got to take a couple deep breaths before getting back to work. Hope the shows go well for you.

    1. I do plan to take a little rest after the shows this weekend, thanks Sue.


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