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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…

Three Dimensional Dragon Mug

Once upon a time I made a dragon mug with parts of the dragon in relief.  You might even remember reading and commenting on the blog post (thanks for your comments).  It seems like it was a long time ago because it was.  We know pottery takes a long time because of the making, drying, firing, cooling, glazing, firing again, and cooling again schedule but this a lot longer in the making than usual.

Thankfully, I feel like it was worth the wait.

Purple Dragon in Relief on Stein by Future Relics Pottery
3D Purple Dragon Mug
This mug has a lot of texture.  It's got places where the clay is raised and where it's carved away.  It's got places of high gloss glaze and places of raw clay and everything in between.  I'm really pleased with it.  I put it in my Esty Store so someone else can enjoy it too.

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


  1. wow, that came out beautiful, I am glad I am not the only one whose clay pieces wait for such a long time to find their way to the kiln.

    1. Thanks Linda, I do try to fire a lot more frequently, but this summer it was just not happening.

  2. It's a beauty! I just bought it as a belated birthday present for Proge!

    1. Thank you so much. I'm so glad it will have a good home. I really appreciate it.


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