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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…

Northside Methodist Preschool Gift Show

The Northside Methodist Preschool Gift Show starts today.  I’ve loaded up the truck and I am ready to go do the set up thing.  I’m really excited about this show for several reasons.

First, the people who are organizing this even have been very professional.  I’ve worked with a good many event organizers, I’ve even organized events myself, and it’s so nice to deal with a group that is well organized and professional.  I really feel like they are trying to make this show a success for the artists and artisans.

Second, it’s a new location for me so I get to meet a lot of new people.  Hopefully those people will be happy and fun and even want to buy some pottery.

Third, the show is inside.  As much as I love to be out of doors it’s often challenging because of the weather.  As much as we all want sunny, warm autumn days for these shows it’s not always possible. Sometimes the weather does not cooperate and we get cold, snow, wind, you know, winter weather.  I’m glad my pottery, my customers, and I will be safe from that.

Check out this great video for the show and be sure to stop in if you’re in the area.  The show hours are posted below:

Thursday, November 13th 5:30 – 8 pm (Ladies Night)
Friday, November 14th 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday, November 15th 9 am – 4 pm

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


  1. my 1st thoughts were you outside today. glad you're not.

    great words you honor this group with. too often groups are all about their own convenience and fundraising. not realizing when the artists do well they do better.

    xo t

    1. Being a great show organizer is difficult but, you’re right, it pays off really well. The show will get new artists as well as returning artists so it will grow. That’s why they’ve been doing it for so many years.

  2. an indoor show just in time for the vortex, have a good one

    1. Thanks Linda, thankfully all the rest of my shows this year are inside except my studio sale. Thankfully I have ample firewood for that. Hehehe.

  3. Yay for indoor shows. Have a great show!

    1. Thanks, it's so cold this weekend I'm really happy about being inside.


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