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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…

Penland Auction Mugs First Bisque Firing

The mug making has begun and is in full progress. You may remember that I’m making 500 mugs for the Penland Benefit Auction. I think I’ve gotten about 100 thrown. You can see them here in the kiln as I’m preparing to fill it for the first bisque firing.  I’ll have a few of my own pieces (pots for sale if they live) but the kiln is mostly just mugs. I don’t even have any shelves and posts in it. A big thank you to Cynthia Bringle for teaching me that trick.

Penland Auction Mugs First Bisque Firing by Lori Buff
Penland Auction Mugs in The Kiln

Cross your fingers that they all survive this firing and the glaze firing that will come next.

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


  1. 500! That's a lot of mugs. Good luck with the making and firing.

  2. wow that's a full load, hope all is well


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