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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…

New Studio

Those of us who live on the East coast are experiencing a pretty rough winter.  Potter Gary Rith says he hasn’t seen the ground in weeks due to the amount of snow they have in upstate New York. Kyle Carpenter helped Michael Kline load and fire his kiln in sub freezing temperatures.  Janet’s family lives in Idaho and have been experiencing higher temperatures than we have here in Atlanta. I’m ready for spring.

Actually, I’m getting ready for spring shows like FiredWorks in Macon. It’s extra urgent for me because I’ll be at Penland School of Crafts for a few weeks leading up to the show and after it. Then when I get home I go right into a few more spring shows including one that I’m helping a friend to organize (more on that later). So I need enough work but my studio is only heated with a small space heater. Winters are so mild, and I built the studio with enough insulation that it normally does the trick. But it can’t stand up to temperatures in the teens all day long.

Glazing Pottery in My Temporary Studio by Lori Buff
Working with an Audience

The solution for me and others has been to move into the house.  I’ve protected the dinning room table with multiple layers of protection and I’m only painting and slip trailing with underglazes so I’m not making a big mess. It’s nice to have the company of the dogs too. Can you see little Ginger in her bed in the sunbeam?

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

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  1. good for you moving inside, I think we're all ready for Spring, my car almost didn't start this morning. ugh, Gary had tried to get a dip stick heater for the car at the dealership, no luck, he's checking with the tractor dealer today. Our garage isn't deep enough to fit our cars. normally winters are mild but not for the last three, Gary said it's even cold in Florida

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    1. I’m not sure he’ll be able to find a dip stick heater in Georgia but I do wish him luck. Keep the batteries charged.

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  2. I don't blame you for moving into the house. Our studio has a gas heater, and the gallery has a wood stove but it still is costing us a fortune to heat. I am sooo ready for spring.

    I love how dogs travel around the house to lay in sunbeams. She looks very happy to have you working in there with her.

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    1. I hear you Michèle, it’s costing a fortune to heat the house, I don’t want to add a large studio heating bill onto that.

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  3. I remember when my kitchen table was the only studio I had! I really must have been beyond obsessed with clay at that time. When clay is an obsession, you will find any spot you can do do some work!

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  4. PS: maybe "passion" would be a better word than obsession :)

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    1. You're right Tracey, I guess it's the same if it's your passion, obsession and/or how you earn your living.

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  5. Ooh I spy a bicycle on a mug! How lovely.

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    1. Yes, Caroline, I'm painting bicycles, dragons, and something new.

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  6. Haha, at the table in the house...a bicycle mug?!!!! Mys studio has been super cold since october, but still I work. My pipes finally unfroze (studio is part of the house but below zero for a week can do that..) but this morning fukking frozen AGAIN. The roof has 2 feet of snow on it and dangerous ice all over the edge...so far no collapse or leak, knock on wood, or BURST frozen pipe, knock on wood....

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    1. We have to work, it's not like school were we could take snow days. I'm sorry your studio is so cold and your pipes have frozen Gary. I hope it warms up soon.

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