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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…

First Days of Penland Spring Concentration

If you are preparing for any gathering you always seem to have a list of things to do to get ready. Expecting lots of people coming to your facility for classes is no different at all. Our first days as Studio Assistants and work study students was filled with prep work. We cleaned the studios, moved the tables and potters wheels. Loaded the dump truck with scrap wood for a wood firing class in the summer.
Wood for Woodfire Class

Classes started on Monday night and the assignment was to make mugs. All the students in the class have experience with clay so they could start the assignment before Cynthia Bringle (the instructor) gave any demos.

The reason for this assignment is so that people are more likely to use hand crafted mugs for coffee and tea rather than the disposable ones.  Pottery is more environmentally friendly. We will have a sale via lottery so the other students can participate in that portion of sustainable living.

Cynthia did demonstrate how to pull a handle off the side of a mug. That is not how I normally make my handles and the change is difficult for me but I’ll keep trying.

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  1. Great to see you can still blog. Enjoy your Penland experience to the max!

    1. Thanks Barbara, I'll post as often as I can, maybe I can even post some tips I learn.

  2. It's good to learn new ways I think, something good always come of it.

  3. You will be working hard but in exchange, learning lots! What a great experience.


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