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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…

Putting on The Strut

The folks in East Atlanta Village are very proud that our neighborhood was picked as the third hottest neighborhood in the entire country.  One of the reasons it’s so hot is because of the way the community bonds together. Yes, it’s got it’s problems like any urban area but it is also pretty close knit and wonderfully supportive.  This neighborhood holds several events each year that raise awareness and funds for the various community non-profit organizations.

One of those events is The East Atlanta Strut. Which is also one of my favorite fall festivals.  It’s only a mile from my studio, tons of fun and I get to visit with friends and neighbors.  I rarely feels like work and the patrons are extremely supportive. One year it started raining as soon as I got my booth set up and didn’t let up until about 4 or 5 in the afternoon.  Many of the other venders packed up and left as soon as it stopped raining but I stayed, people came out and bought.  Many of them were very grateful that I suffered through the rain and stayed open so they could enjoy the art. They wanted to support the artists that support the neighborhood.

So when I learned that The Strut was starting to struggle I knew I had to help.  I offered to volunteer some of my time and I also attended a meeting of other interested parties and the festival committee.  It was quite a learning experience and seems like it will continue to be so.  I was a big part of the planing committee for another show a few years ago so I don’t think I’m going to be tremendously surprised by how much goes into putting on a show but I do expect that this will have a number of differences since it’s a street festival.  I hope to share some of those insights with you, I hope you’re interested.

One thing that I love about this festival is that they are mostly concerned with being something positive for the neighborhood.  If the show only breaks even but good people from outside of East Atlanta Village think about dinning, shopping or especially moving here than it’s fulfilled a goal.  To me that’s nicer than a for profit event, don’t you think?

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  1. if it improves the neighborhood you're living in then the event is worth it; looking forward to hearing about all the stages of planning

    1. It does, Linda, I hope we can keep it alive and improving. I'll wrie anothe article or two if I learn anything of interest.

  2. Sounds like a worthwhile event to invest your time in!


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