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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…

Meatless Monday - Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

It’s the fourth of July and time for cook outs with friends.  Many people are going to be decorating with red, white and blue to celebrate the holiday. Most of the time we see this in primary colors or food coloring. Not this salad, this is much more subtle than that. Actually, it’s red, gold and purple but someone who sees this salad on this holiday might make the connection.

This salad is quick and easy, but the potatoes do take some time. The good news is that they can be made a day ahead and chilled overnight in the refrigerator.

I made a dinner out of this salad, you can do the same, you’ll get 4 - 6 servings that way, more as a side salad. It’s really pretty and delicious, you will most likely want to serve it more often than just Independence Day.

Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad by Future Relics Pottery
Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad


5 Tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 Tbs. white wine vinegar
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground pepper
6 large Greek green olives, pitted and chopped
6 to 8 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1 medium fennel bulb, chopped
3 large green onions, including green parts, chopped
12 small multicolored potatoes (about 2 1/2 lb.)
1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts in water, quartered
6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled


To make the olive relish, combine the oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a bowl. Whisk to blend. Stir in the olives, fennel and two-thirds of the green onions.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until tender when pierced with a small knife, about 25 minutes. Drain and let stand for about 20 minutes or until cool to the touch. Cut the potatoes in half, then transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Add the artichokes and olive relish. Toss to blend. Stir in most of the cheese, reserving some for sprinkling on top.

Sprinkle the remaining green onions and the remaining cheese over the salad and serve.

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


  1. with olives and green onions it is a rainbow salad!

    1. You’re right Gary, how timely. Thanks for pointing that out to us.


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