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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…

Eutectic Gallery: Contemperary Ceramics Visit

What’s the best thing to do when you have a large project and a deadline? Run away of course. At least that’s how I handled the situation. Actually, the trip to Portland, Oregon was planed before the Penland mug project was definite but it was very nice to get away for a few days and come back to the mugs refreshed.

One of the things we did while in Portland was visit the Eutectic Gallery: Contemporary Ceramics which is hosting two really great shows right now. In the main gallery they have an exhibit titled "Pattern" which showcases some well known artist who do some great work with surface decoration. A trip to the gallery shows you some very beautiful pieces by Adam Field, Kat Hutter & Roger Lee, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Roberto Lugo, Alex Matisse, Ken Standhardt, and John Vigeland.

Pattern at Eutectic Gallery

The gallery is hosting a mid-show reception on November 6, 2015 from 6 - 9pm. If you're in Portland you should stop by the Eutectic Gallery. I'm sure you'll enjoy the show.

The gallery was also hosting an event celebrating craft beers and pottery. To quote their website:
Experience the handcrafted quality of art and craft beer from both coasts, as we celebrate the growler as a functional art form. Portland Growler Company, Eutectic Gallery, Lardo,Culmination Brewing, Sixpoint Brewing (Brooklyn, NY), and Project Art (Cummington, Massachusetts) have come together to help you think about growlers in a whole new way! 15+ ceramic artists from all over the world have designed limited edition PGC growlers, plus Phoenix based artist Bradley Klem has hand thrown his take on the growlers, throwing 2 for each artist’s design.
I wasn't able to be there for the tasting event but I really enjoyed seeing the growlers and how the different artists decorated them. 

GrowlerFest 2015

That event closed on Halloween but it looks like GrowlerFest will be happening in other cities. I'm hoping they bring it to Atlanta, we have some great craft breweries here.

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


  1. Looks like you had a great trip! Sometimes it's good to get away even if the timing isn't right.

    1. Yes, we did and yes, you’re right. It’s good to come back to something renewed and refreshed.

  2. what a great trip you had, when I was a traveling photography I used to visit plant nurseries since I was also a landscaper, now I like to visit galleries and plant nurseries in cities I visit. Ha.

    1. Wow Linda, you’ve had a lot of careers.
      I like visiting botanical gardens and galleries when I travel too.


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