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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…

When It Rains

Atlanta was hit with very strong storms today.  It looks like a tornado might have taken down some trees on the north side of the city.  Reports of flooding and power outages are all over the news.  It’s been a rough morning for lots of people.

I hid inside for the worst of it but I had a kiln to unload and pots to trim so I ventured out into the rain, unloaded the kiln and brought a piece into the studio.  I had not even put the bowl down when all hell broke loose.  Now, I love the sound of the rain on the tin roof but acorns and large twigs are another thing entirely.  They startle me at times but I’m growing used to it.  This was much, much worse than acorns.

Tree Branch Broke Door
A large tree branch had fallen from the ancient oak that shades my studio and much of my back yard and house.  It hit the glass door and shattered the outer layer of glass, but the second layer held.  That’s a good thing.

Roof Damage

Part of the Branch
I’m planing to cut this up and throw it into Roger’s wood kiln next month.  When life hands you firewood, make glaze.  When life hands you lemons, make whiskey sours.

Boken Skylight
I was standing under the skylight when the branch hit and shattered it.  Again, the first layer of glass broke but the second layer held fast.  I really like thermal pane.

The insurance agent says we are covered for this type of damage after we meet the $2100 deducible.  I’m not sure where that money will come from but I do have a lot of shows coming up in November, cross your fingers that they will be really good ones.

On the bright side, I’m okay and now I have something new to write about in this blog.

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  1. Oh my gosh! I'm so glad you weren't injured. I'm so sorry about the damage to your glass though.

    1. Thanks Cheri, it looks like I’m going to need a new roof as well as the glass but at least I’m okay.

  2. So glad that you are okay. I wonder if that's the same storm we are expecting on Thursday.
    BTW, how did the firing turn out?

  3. Wow, I'm happy you are safe. Your pottery building looks like a doll house in the woods.

    1. Thanks Meredith. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to save some of the woods and keep the look, not to mention the home for owls and other birds.

  4. I am really glad you weren't hurt and that the damage wasn't worse. Time to squeeze a lemon and have that whiskey sour.

    1. Thanks Meech, I think the structure was built pretty soundly and that helped a lot.

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    1. It was Gary, I was being a little flip in my writing but I was really shaken.

  6. Yikes, that's terrible and so scary, at the fair we had a metal roof and I was there during the storm and every time an acorn hit I jumped, it sounded like a gun going off so I know how it must have sounded in your studio, thank goodness the second layer of glass held, and glad the skylight didn't cave in. I heard Atlanta had six tornadoes, that was really some storm.


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