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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…

Teamwork Making the Dream Work

We loaded the first soda kiln firing for this class at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. It was done largely as a team with each class member taking part in the decisions of where pots would be placed. Besides that, someone brought some snacks to share, people took tuns making balls of wadding for everyone, shelves where coated with kiln wash and lifted into place in the kiln and more, all as a group effort. We even finished with time to spare for a quick lesson. It was lots of fun.

Pottery ready for soda firing by Lori Buff
Pots Ready to Be Fired in Soda Kiln

You can see my covered jar with an owl on it here with other student’s work. It should get a decent amount of soda there without loosing the imagery (I painted on all 4 sides). Let’s all cross our fingers for beautiful pots.

The kiln is shared with another class. After they load the front, it gets bricked up and fired. We should be able to unload it on Monday night. I’ll post the results next week.

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


  1. can't wait to see the results and unusual to see an owl flying, usually they are depicted as sitting on a branch (like mine ha).

    1. We are excited to see the pots also.

  2. An owl pot! here's to a Christmas in July kiln opening!


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