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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…

Runnin’ Down a Dream

It’s time to dust off the playlist titled “Roadtrip.” Penland School of Crafts is about 5 hours from my home plus a stop for lunch so it’ll be a good bit of time in the old truck.  Thankfully, it’s a really pretty ride with lots of mountain vistas.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to see some snow too. That’s okay, as long as it’s not on the road.

I’ll be blogging from Penland as much as I can but I expect I won’t be able to write every day since I’ll be assisting Cynthia Bringle (the instructor), learning, and making. I expect I’ll actually be posting more on instagram than here, just because it’s quicker. So if you’re on instagram you might want to follow me. I’ll follow you back. I’m @FutureRelicsGallery there.

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