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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…

Lasting Pleasures

Handcrafted pottery may cost a little bit more than similar mass produced items but that is one of the reasons they have more value to us.  Even if a piece of pottery comes to someone as a gift it is often more appreciated than something not made by hand.

I was taught to take care of valuable items.  When I use the word valuable I don’t necessarily mean expensive, I just mean things that we care about, that have value to us.  I suspect many people where taught to do the same.  Maybe mom taught you to read the care labels on your clothes or dad taught you to wash and wax the car.  Somehow we were told take care of with something of value so it would last a long time.
Happy Mug
 I found evidence of that when I was having tea at a friend’s house.  Of course I was using a handmade mug so I had to inspect it.  Not only did I find the signature on the bottom but “95.”  I assume that was the year.  The mug was made in 1995, it’s now 20 years old.  Why would someone keep a mug for 20 years?  Because it is special to them, it has value, it continues to make them happy after all this time.
Dated 95

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  1. I can't believe that 1995 was 20 years ago!!
    I agree about taking care of things that are special to you, even if they aren't valuable to anyone else.
    My Dad would be appalled at how dirty my car is right now ;-)

    1. I know, where did the 20 years go? My dad would feel the same about my truck, at least I'm in good company with my dirty vehicle.

  2. 95 was just the other day...that is a FANTASTIC mug :)

  3. My mom made that mug! Nice to hear it's been making someone happy for so long. I have several and they make me happy too ;-)

    1. That is so cool, I love it. Welcome to the blog Joseph, it's great to hear from you, especially in a post featuring your mothers mug.


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