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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…

Raku Firing

We had a slight break in the rain a few days ago. It was very welcome even though the sun never did shine, it was still nice to be able to get outside. So when a friend of mine asked if I wanted to do a quick raku firing I jumped at the chance. I had a few pots all ready to go so I grabbed them and dashed out the door.
Horse Hair Raku pot by Lori Buff
Horse Hair Raku

The firing went along without a hitch. We got some pots fired we were both very happy with the results. Plus it didn’t rain on us. What could be better?

Thanks kiln gods.

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


  1. potters have to be ready to jump at opportunities that's for sure.

  2. Beautiful!!! I am having raku withdrawals. I wish you were closer. I need a raku buddy.


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