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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…

Funding Fun

I've been given the honor of a two year residency at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to increase my knowledge of working with clay, glaze chemistry, and firing various kilns. It will also give me time and space to work on special projects and experiment with new forming and decorating techniques.

I'm really excited to get started on these projects. Callanwolde has been very generous in giving me a work space with lots of shelves and a nice big table to work on but I need to supply my own pottery wheel and tools. I have no problem carrying tools back and forth from my current studio to Callanwolde but the potter's wheel is another story. It's heavy and hard to move! For practical reason I need to have a second wheel in my space there. Potter's wheels, even used ones are really expensive so I thought I would offer you all an opportunity to help support this potter while getting a nice thank you gift for yourself.

Covered Casserole

I'm offering various levels of gratitude as follows:

  • Pledge $1 or more and receive my eternal gratitude, every little bit helps.

  • Pledge $5 or more and receive a “Support Your Local Potter” bumper sticker (quantities limited)

  • Pledge $25 or more and receive a beautiful hand crafted mug, tea bowl or ice cream bowl (your choice).

  • Pledge $60 or more and receive a beautiful hand crafted pitcher or oval casserole (your choice).

  • Pledge $80 or more and receive a beautiful covered casserole or teapot (your choice).

The campaign will run until the end of September or when I have enough capitol to get a new/used wheel so if you see something you want for yourself or as a gift for someone else please don’t hesitate.

Donations Only

Bumper Sticker Only

All donations are through Paypal for ease of use and security. You do NOT need a Paypal account, you can use any major credit card or debit card. For local pickup and delivery I will gladly accept cash and their will be no need for shipping charges.

The casserole shown above is for example purposes only, your piece will be handcrafted and unique and it will look different than the one pictured here.

Thank you all for your support.

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


  1. curious how you get the buy button on your blog ?

  2. Congrats! Know you will be doing great work. I'm thinking of selling my wheel as I downsize my life again. Brent CXC if you're interested.

    1. Thanks Barbra. I’ll keep the wheel in mind and be in touch.


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