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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…

Kiln Load

I could have gotten a few more mugs in if I had planned this load a little better.

Bisque kiln full of Penland Auction Mugs by Lori Buff
Kiln Full of Mugs

Oh well, I’ll do better on the next load.

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


  1. omg I don't stack anything, you put me to shame. I see sponge holders inside of mugs, very creative. ha.

    1. This kiln load has no shelves or posts, it’s just pots. I get a lot more pieces in a kiln load this way.


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