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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…

We Have Mice

Do all little girls like mice?  Maybe I’m weird? Okay, we really do know the answer to that question, let’s not talk about it. I remember liking more than just Micky Mouse, I had all kinds of toy mice I played with as a kid. I even build them a little city out of boxes and they would go on adventures.  I also remember scaring my grandmother with them.  Not nice.

So it stands to reason that I would make a sculpture that included some cute mice. I had forgotten about this piece but upon looking at it with adult eyes I really like it.  Yes, it’s got a cute quality but it also has some nice attention to detail, like the plaster in the walls and it’s texture.  I know now that a corner like that would have a stud to hold it together but I wonder how many adults would have noticed that if I didn’t point it out.

Mice Sculpture
It’s hard to see in the picture but the mouse that is coming through the hole has a big, spirally, pipe cleaner tail.  From the looks of it this was intentional.  I does not look like a tail broke off and the pipe cleaner used in it’s place.  I wonder if that was a suggestion of my teacher or my idea but it must have been a good idea since a ceramic tail would have broken a long time ago.

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

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  1. That is so adorable!!! I guess I am weird too... my best friend and I pretended we were cats (like in the Richard Scarry books) when I am sure most would think we were too old to be doing so. We had so many kitty adventures!

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    1. Being weird is okay, all the best people are.
      Nobody should be considered too old to play, playing is probably one of the many reasons you are a successful artist today.

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  2. How old do you think you were when you made this? I think you must have seen the inside of a wall somewhere to know how plaster looks...even if you didn't pay attention to studs. And of course your mice are cute...I remember rescuing one from my cat once...which lived for another day. My mother had a cow~!

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    1. I suspect I was in elementary school. I was always “helping” my father with projects in our circa 1928 house so I knew about plaster walls from that.

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  3. wow, this is so cool, I was prepared to say you needed a cat or that the mice are cold and came inside where it was warm, then I saw the sculpture. Ha. so wonderful to have this, a whole family of mice, Once when we lived in the mountains a mouse made a nest in Gary's tool box in the garage and had babies that were hairless, I made Gary leave that drawer alone till they got big enough to leave on their own.

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    1. That was nice of you to do Linda. Mice will normally leave a house on their own after a little while.

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  4. It was pretty clear even back then where your career was headed! I think its brilliant.
    We have mice at the store where I work. One of the managers took an orphan baby mouse and cared for it until it could be released. He shed a little tear when he let it go, it was soooo cute. I love mice :)

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    1. Thanks Tracey. It sounds like you work with some really great, caring people. I'm very happy for you.

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  5. Just wonderful :) I love mice as much as you...well, a little less since 2 weeks ago when one spent the night tunneling under my bed then bit me when I tried to save him....

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    1. Thanks Gary. I remember reading that story, the poor little mouse didn't realaize you were trying to help it.

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