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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…

Hand Crafted Corporate Gifts

Buy local, shop small, support small businesses.  You’ve heard these statements from me pretty regularly, especially if you follow me on social media as well as here.  I truly think this is important but I also realize that larger corporations are here to stay.  Many do have a place and fulfill many needs, they are here to stay.  Every corporation is not evil either.  Many of them do good deeds and many have employees that care about our society and customer service.

Several months ago I was approached by someone who worked for a large corporation.  She was putting on an event for the companies customers and she wanted to give the attendees a special gift.  She asked if I had any woodfired mugs.  I was smiling into the phone.  She likes earthy looking pottery and she had come to the right potter.  She cleaned out most of my mug inventory and placed a special order for a mug for one of her friends and didn’t ask for a discount.  That’s a perfect customer in my opinion.
Double Fluted, Ash Glazed Mug by Lori Buff
Double Fluted, Ash Glazed Mug

A few weeks later I was reading the blog of another ceramic artist Anna Ryland and found out that she had some works that were also used as corporate gifts and she even got some positive feedback from the recipients.

It feels really good when we all work together.

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


  1. I have done so, is money, as long as they don't want you to make something stupid!

    1. True Gary, and also we can find people that appreciate hand crafter work in lots of places.

  2. How nice that they didn't just choose something a factory churned out. I bet the recipients appreciated the extra thought that went into their gifts.

    1. Yes, Caroline, it was nice. I was told that a few people commented about how nice a gift it was.


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