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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…

Chipmunk Sculpture

It takes a certain talent to make really great ceramic sculptures.  I’ve had the privilege to assist and audit workshops with great artists like Tip Toland and Debra Fritts but I still have not felt ready to add any to my body of work, or to my pots like my friend Gary Rith does.  However, I have tried my hand a making clay sculptures for sure.

When I was visiting my mom recently I found a few of these scultpures hiding in a box on a shelf in the basement.  Seeing these were quite a trip back in time.  I dusted a few of them off and took some pictures.  I only had my iPhone with me so I apologize for the quality.

Ceramic Chipmunk Sculpture by Lori Buff
Chipmunk Sculpture

This little guy must have been made when I was in elementary school.  Parents save the darnedest things.  I don’t know if that is a nut in his paws or a bowling ball, not that it matters, it’s a cute chipmunk made by the hands of a little kid who never stopped loving playing with clay.

Do you have any pictures of your really old art?  Post them on line, I’d love to see them.

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


  1. An adorable squirrel! My Dad has a couple of things from my high school years and a few of my first pots when I got serious about pottery as an adult... some of those are pretty ugly.

    1. Hi Michèle, it’s fun to see what our parents keep that we made many years ago. I’d love to see some of your early work.

  2. a very cute chipmunk indeed, so wonderful you have him now, what memories

  3. He IS an awesome chipmunk :) Good idea, I will see what old pots I have kicking around and post them sometime :)

  4. I have a few things I made when I was about 13, including a couple of giraffes with short squat legs.


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