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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…

Naked Raku Firing

It’s been a cold winter for Atlanta.  I know it’s been much worse for people further north but we aren’t used to temperatures in the teens here.  Call me a whimp but I don’t like to raku fire in the freezing cold.  I did it when I was the studio assistant for Linda and Charlie Riggs at Penland, and I was happy to do it but at home I can wait for warmer weather...usually. Right now I am getting ready to go back to Penland for an 8 week concentration and getting prepared to have pots at Fired Works in Macon, GA in April. Add to that list a lid for an urn for someone’s kitty that needed to be remade and I had to fire.

This weekend seemed to have the most promising temperatures and a little break between rain drops so I got everything set up and fired away.

This firing was strictly iron fumed and horse hair raku. These are my two favorite styles of naked raku so I was pretty excited to do this firing. It would have been nice if the sun was out but you don’t need nice weather to raku fire, as long as it’s not raining or snowing.

Creating Horse Hair Raku Pottery by Future Relics Gallery
Applying Horse Hair to a Jar Lid

Fumed Lidded Ceramic Container by Lori Buff
Fumed Pottery Box
I love how the colors from the fumed pots are mirrored on the foil.

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


  1. One of my best ever rake firings was in the snow, I was all prepared to fire the day before, woke up to snow coming down, and just went with it. I enjoyed that day so much. Not naked though :)

    1. Hi Tracey, I’ve had a lot of fun doing raku in the snow in the past but the horse hair pieces are exposed to the elements for so long I hate to risk them. As it is I lost one lamp.

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    1. Thanks Linda, it’s a type of saguaro firing with an iron solution.

  3. looks tremendous! and I blogged you and shamefully nabbed your recipe copy and paste :)

    1. Glad you liked it Gary, thanks for the link back.


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