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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…

What's in the Box?

Those of us that have older parents, especially if they have lived in the same house for many, many years may have found opportunities to help our parents clean out some clutter.  Sometimes stuff just accumulates and we need to clean out attacs and basements. My mom has lived in her house since 1959 so she has given us lots of opportunities.  Some of it is boring like recycling catalogues that are a few months old, others are trips down memory lane.  While we were sorting stuff in her basement we came across this box.

It's my handwriting so I know I packed it, probably in the early 1980's.  I moved out of the house around that time so I forgot about it. Mom and Dad kept it safe for me all these years.  They are good that way.

I plan to take a few pictures of the contents and post them for Throw Back Thursday or #tbt for the people who prefer hashtags.  I hope this doesn't end up like the opening of Al Capone's secret vault.


  1. Waiting! I think the opening will be more like the time capsule found under the Massachusetts State House in Boston!

  2. I know this process all too well. My mom also lived in the same house since 1959, until a few years ago when she remarried. While she was on her honeymoon, her new husband left me with the task to "get rid of all the stuff". I gave away twenty eight silk flower arrangements and filled up a truck bed with thrift store donations! She doesn't miss a thing that was given away.....
    Cant wait for the box reveal! What a great idea.

  3. What fun! Can't wait to see what's inside. My parents also lived in the same house from 1965 until three years ago. They were never savers of anything... a trait I didn't inherit. Shortly after we kids moved out they cleaned the basement and sorted our stuff into piles. They gave us a week to come and take what we wanted. Everything that was left was given or thrown away.

  4. Yes, this does sound much more interesting than just any old holds the very budding stages of your and tell!


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