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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…

First Porcelain Pot

At some point near the end of the school year my pottery teacher was able to get some porcelain for her classes to try. I remember being told that it was more expensive than the stoneware and earthenware we had so we could only use a small amount so that their would be enough for everyone.    Of course I had to try it.
Early Porcelain Pot with Flowers by Future Relics Gallery
Early Porcelain Pot
This pot is one of the first pieces I made in porcelain, I don’t remember if it’s the absolute first piece, it was long ago and I’ve slept since then.  It’s wheel thrown with little flower petals attached.  The rim has gold paint which might have been leftover from when I made model cars and planes.  The handles are a gold thread rope.  I find them interesting, the holes for it must have been made before I fired the piece so I guess I had in mind to attach these handles.  I wonder if I found the rope in my mother’s sewing supplies.

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

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  1. This pot is wonderful; the gold rim and the rope handles really add to the appeal.

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  2. Porcelain can be tricky, but look at the nice piece you made!

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  3. How cool! I've not had the chance to try porcelain, looks like your first attempt was a success!

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