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Why Soda Firing

The pots in a soda kiln usually don’t have much glaze on the outsides of them, they are glazed by the introduction on soda ash, which volatiles when it hits the flame and creates a glaze. The flame then carries the soda ash through the kiln and the pots become glazed wherever the flame and soda kiss the pots.

Here you see me spraying the soda ash which is mixed with boiling water, into the kiln at about 2200 degrees.

 The results can be greatly varied with this type of firing. For me, that's a big part of the fun of it. You never know with 100% certainty, what you will get from the kilns.

This pot shows where the glaze hit the surface and really added a nice difference in appearance. The green you see is a spearmint glaze that I used inside the pot and along the rim. The soda mixed with that glaze and made it very dark, almost black in some spots and almost white in others. You can also see where it kissed the shoulder of the vessel and the handles. The orange color is from a flas…

Bike Mugs

Autumn is on the way.  For those of us that have been dealing with high heat and humidity it feels welcome. We’ve actually been having some perfect late summer days followed by cool nights. This means I have started riding my bicycle in the morning. It feels really good to ride even if I’m a bit out of shape and not going very far, it’s fun and it’s progress towards going on longer rides.

Atlanta may not be as bike friendly as Portland, OR but it’s getting there. We have been having a huge growth in bike commuting, about 400% from 2000 - 2009. The Atlanta Beltline has really helped to increase awareness and riders. One day I hope to be able to ride the entire Beltline on my bike.
Handmade Old Style Bike Mugs by Lori Buff
Antique Bike Mugs

So in honur of all the folks that ride for pleasure or commute I created a line of bike mugs. These two just came out of the soda kiln.

I really like the look of the old fashioned bikes but I have never even tried to ride one. Have you?

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  1. rode my bike every day after dinner from junior high thru high school. had tennis team practice before dinner.

    the bike saved my life. anything to get out of my parent's house. we lived on flat land on galveston bay, very pretty riding.

    still miss those rides...


    1. Yes, I get it. I lived on my bike when I was a kid. It took me to more places than I could ever get to any other way, in so many ways.

  2. Nice. I've made some bike mugs using decal transfer. Are your designs hand drawn? Biking has become more and more popular around my area, though it is certainly not flat riding!

    1. Hi Melissa, welcome to the blog and thanks. My mugs are all hand drawn and the color inlaid using Mishima technique. These are also soda fired.

  3. those mugs are wonderful with the antique bikes. I sold my bicycle, my knee won't allow riding any more, darn.

  4. The bike mugs are awesome. Soda firing really suits them.
    I also used my bike for transportation when I was a kid... I am sure I went places in High School that my parents had no clue where I was!
    I still have a mountain bike, it needs new tires and it's on my list to get fixed to be able start riding again this year. Now that I am in town I have some safer places to ride.

  5. Love the bike mugs - I wonder how you have put on the lines? I biked as a kid but not any more...


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