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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…

Extra Long Weekend

The dog days of summer are upon us. It might be time for vacations and summer camp for some but for me it's a time to chill.  Since Independance Day fell on a Friday Janet took Monday off and we made a long weekend of it.  Man, was it nice.  We got to visit with friends on the fourth.  We actually went to two parties but they were easy, laid back events.  Very nice.  Since fireworks are now leagal in Georgia lots and lots of people where shooting them off.  Yes, it was noisy but it seemed most people quit between 10 and 11.  We even saw some neighbors sweeping the mess of papers that the fireworks leave behind.  I am very happy about that.  Luckily Dori,who is normally upset by fireworks and thunder didn't seem to have any issues with the noise.  Lucky dog.

Saturday found us at the drive-in with a bunch of friends.  We saw "Tammy" which seemed like it would be okay because it has a great cast.  It wasn't. Not that it mattered, it was a lot of fun anyway.

Sunday we had some other friends over for brunch.  We haven't seen them in weeks so we spent most of the day just visiting and catching up.  It was such a treat to spend the day just relaxing with these friends.

Monday afternoon found us at the pool in Grant Park.  I had never been there before but I will be back.  I was a great swimmer when I was younger.  My friends and I practically lived at the community pool when we were kids.  Now I looked at the lap lane on this Olympic size pool and thought "I need to work up to that."  My once sinewy body is now looking and feeling more and more like the 50 year old body that it is so it might be a really good thing to strive towards.  Besides, I love to swim, it's the only exorcize where you don't sweat.

How was your weekend?


  1. wow, sounds like you had a super weekend, cool.

    1. We did, it's once to do that every now and then to recharge.

  2. Sounds like a perfect way to spend these hot July days, parties and pools! I used to love to swim, I was telling Wesley this is the first summer in my life I have not put on a bathing suit.... I miss those long summer days on the beach..... sigh

    1. It's not too late to put on a bathing suit Tracey. And since you've been doing so well on weight watchers you should look great.

  3. I am envious of your weekend! I worked, but we had good sales in the gallery so that made us happy.

    1. The life of a potter, we tend to work most weekends don't we Michèle. I got lucky and had a few gallery sales too.


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