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Why Soda Firing

The pots in a soda kiln usually don’t have much glaze on the outsides of them, they are glazed by the introduction on soda ash, which volatiles when it hits the flame and creates a glaze. The flame then carries the soda ash through the kiln and the pots become glazed wherever the flame and soda kiss the pots.

Here you see me spraying the soda ash which is mixed with boiling water, into the kiln at about 2200 degrees.

 The results can be greatly varied with this type of firing. For me, that's a big part of the fun of it. You never know with 100% certainty, what you will get from the kilns.

This pot shows where the glaze hit the surface and really added a nice difference in appearance. The green you see is a spearmint glaze that I used inside the pot and along the rim. The soda mixed with that glaze and made it very dark, almost black in some spots and almost white in others. You can also see where it kissed the shoulder of the vessel and the handles. The orange color is from a flas…

Still Here and Working

It's been awfully quiet on this blog lately.  I'm sorry, I just have been very into my own head and heart these past few weeks.  I have been working, I threw some pieces and fired a few kilns.  I got some glaze chemicals from someone on craigslist so I've made up some new glazes.  I've taken a few naps, gone for some walks, and visited with some friends, but mostly I've just been enjoying being alone with the dogs.
Hand Crafted mugs by Future Relics Pottery
Decorated Mugs Awaiting Glaze

Here are some of the mugs I've thrown and decorated while I was quiet. They still need their overglaze, maybe today, maybe tomorrow. One of those with the om symbol is for a customer.  A number of people have placed special orders and all of them have been really fantastic and understanding about letting me take some time to grieve.  I cannot express how much I appreciate that.

I have been reading some books and some blogs but I've been avoiding comments, I don't know if my words are really expressing my thoughts very well right now.  I'm sorry for that silence.  It's just not always possible to type out emotions really well.  Give yourselves and your loved ones hugs.

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


  1. I have been thinking of you. Take your time and grieve the way you need to.

  2. I get this- sometimes there are no words.
    Time, there is a lot to say about time. Time and space.

    1. You're right Meredith, they are both so important to healing.

  3. I'm in a grieving space, too, and I don't know how to do it, or what to do, and still keep up on commissions and everything life keeps throwing at me. It's like life keeps throwing things at us to see when it's just too much. To see if we'll just break.
    I guess the only thing that holds us together is that we know those who are gone, human, critter, or whatever, are part of us always, if we just remember that. Some days are easier than others. But they are always with us, and we had such wonderful times with them. And if we look, there are friends who we can turn to for support and hugs (and maybe martinis, if we're lucky).
    That's better than some people will ever know. We're lucky to have them.

    1. I'm sorry that you are grieving also. I wish peace for you soon too.

  4. Been thinking about you a lot since we left Penland. You need to grieve your way, in your time. We'll still be here when you're ready. Meanwhile, peace.

  5. Grieving is universal and individual. I wish you comfort, peace, and all the time and space you need.


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