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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…

Luna Moths

Have you ever seen a luna moth?  They are quite rare to see because they only live for 24 hours and are only out at night.  Janet and I saw one at the train station early one morning when we were leaving for vacation several years ago.  We were both thrilled and thought it was a good omen for our vacation and it was.  We had a great time in Key West and even visited a butterfly house where I carried a butterfly on my shoulder for most of the visit.  I was told this is a lucky thing.  I guess people associate lots of luck with moths and butterflies.

Luna Moth

I think they are beautiful and mysterious, rare and fascinating.  So I've commemorated them on this mug.
Luna Moth Mug by Lori Buff
Luna Moth Mug
This is one of the pieces that I did with some embellishment and carving for relief.  I wrote about them here when I first made them.  You can read more about this mug in my Etsy Store.

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


  1. oh what a lovely mug, you know I love the luna moths I saw one only once and that was in Arkansas when we lived there but I have never forgotten it.

    1. Thanks Linda. I saw the one pictured here many years ago and I don't think that I'll forget it any time soon.


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