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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…

Berry Picking Time

The first strawberries of the season are ripe, the blueberries are growing fatter every day, raspberries and blackberries are ripening in the must be Spring.  If you aren't growing any berries at your home you can always find some fresh ones in the grocery store or at the farmers markets this time of year.  Naturally you'll want to wash them before you eat them or serve them to your family so you might want a berry bowl for that.

Ceramic Fruit Colander by Future Relics Gallery
Berry Bowl

I'm always a little surprised when someone comes into my booth, sees a berry bowl, and asks how it's used.  When I tell them that it's for washing and serving fresh fruit and berries they realize that it's a good thing and some thing they need or want to give as a gift.

You may need one too, you can find them in my Etsy store.

Speaking of strawberries, last spring we found a nest with two baby bunnies in our strawberry patch, their is a new nest there this year.  Growing up in a strawberry patch seems like a good idea.  Mama rabbit is no dumb bunny.  We learned that her milk is so rich with nutrients that she only has to come feed them once or twice a day for a few minutes.  That's not because she's a bad mother, it's to keep preditors from finding the nest.  Pretty interesting, huh?


  1. I just got some strawberries and raspberries yesterday; never knew that about bunnies.

    1. I didn't either, but it was good to learn that the nest had not been abandoned.

  2. Oh, little bunnies :) Gosh, though, we are weeeeeeks and months from berries in upstate NY, lucky you!

    1. It's okay Gary, you'll have them soon enough.

  3. I'm making jam right now.
    I love berries.


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