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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…

Just Like Starting Over

Some people rest in the winter because that is what nature does.  As much as I like this idea I’ve not been able to really do it.  Besides, I love making pottery.  However, this winter it’s been tough to get into the studio.  I had a lot of shows booked before Christmas which take a lot of my energy, then I got the flu which had me out for about 2 weeks.  Then my mom got sick so I was out of the state helping her get better (she is getting stronger every day).

Now it’s time to get back to work.  It was great to feel the clay slip through my hands as it was spinning on the wheel.  It felt good to be moving the clay into the form I wanted but it also felt a little strange.  I felt out of practice.  It was okay, it felt very fresh.

Fresh Pottery Mugs in Progress by Lori Buff
Fresh Mugs in Progress
I made several mugs with varied body shapes like I usually do.  Some will have dragons or wolves or something else drawn on them, some will just be glazed with pretty glazes.  Right now they are waiting patiently for handles to be attached.

I love my little studio and I love making pots, it’s good to be back there.  How do you feel after taking a long break?

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


  1. for me after a long break it's tough to get back into the swing of things then my momentum builds and I hate to miss a day

  2. Good to hear that your Mom is on the road to recovery. As you know, last winter I didn't work much for the same reason as you, caring for elderly parents). It felt so good to get back to work. In some ways a break is good for me. I get recharged and excited. Sometimes it helps new ideas emerge.
    Have fun in the studio!

  3. I love starting with Mugs.
    Thank you for your well wishes.
    Good news on your mom. Those moms are special.

  4. I havn't had a break since around....1988....but there are slower seasons, like now, when i am not running out to fairs, stores, the PO..and golly it feels refreshing to just toodle around in the studio :)

  5. Good news all around...those mugs have all the promise of new birth...and your Mom is doing better, and you are too! I broke out of my break this week also, with handbuilding.


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