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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…

Happy 40th Birthday to Charis Books and More

Every community needs some kind of voice, we need to gather, to see, and to hear.  Sometimes we even learn in these communities.  I can’t imagine it’s ever been easy to run an independent book store, it seems like it’s harder to do that in the past few years.  Make that book store a specialty, niche book store and it must be harder still.  But Atlanta has been blessed for the past 40 years with just that.  We are the fortunate home of Charis Books and More who will be celebrating 40 years of being in business this week.  Charis is one of the oldest Feminist book stores in North America (including Canada) and one of only 13 according to Paste Magazine.

They are celebrating with in store events at the bookstore on Euclid Av in Little 5 Points and ending with a big bash at The Wrecking Bar which is a very cool brew pub a few blocks away on Moreland Ave.
Goddess Mug by Lori Buff
Goddess Mug
This is a great time to go visit them and show your support, buy a book or a craft from a local artisan (hint: try the pottery, I hear it’s great).  When you go to the store you might find one of the owners reading to the children of the customers.  That’s the type of service that has helped keep them alive for so long.  If you can’t make it to the store or the party you can always order a book on line at the website  We should keep this going for another 40 years at least.

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


  1. So good to know there are still book stores that are open, I love book stores and many are closing as folks get books on line and kindle I still like holding and reading books, yes I know the pottery there is really good. oh I can order from them online I almost missed that sentence. I'll go check themout

    1. It is good to see any small biz last 40 years. They are smart enough at Charis to also offer eBooks for the people that enjoy them.

  2. Hmmm. I can't tell if my comments are getting eaten by Blogger or Google or whomever may be hungry this morning!

    Trying one more time just to say that it is nice to read about a small bookstore like Charis. They are gems. I wish we had one nearby.

  3. books AND pottery... of course they are successful!


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