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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…

Happy Mail

During my lifetime mail has been a funny thing. When I was young it was exciting to get mail. I remember people gathering around the mail boxes at college hoping for a letter or package from home. When we got one it was really exciting and sometimes it was delicious because someone’s mom sent cookies. After college and moving out on my own getting mail usually meant getting bills. Nobody likes that. But occasionally something good would come in the mail so each day it was met with a little excitement.

Technology has brought us to the point where I rarely get bills in the mail. Now I get to check the mail with a sense of excitement again. Often it’s junk mail that goes directly into the recycling bin. I wish they would just send it to the recycling center and save some energy. Sometimes it’s something good. Today’s mail brought a thick letter from Penland School of Crafts. A thick letter from them means something good.
Acceptance Letter

I was chosen to be a studio assistant for Jeremy Randall who hand builds with earthenware. As you know I normally throw with stoneware so this will be a great learning experience. I’m really excited about that aspect. I also expect it will help make me a better teacher since I like starting my students with hand building. I think it gives them a great foundation for working with clay.  No matter what it’s going to be fun and I’ll get to see old friends and make new ones.

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  1. Congratulations! What a wonderful opportunity.

  2. Thanks Michèle, I’m certain it will be.

  3. wow, how wonderful for you, hope you show what you make here or on fb

    1. Thanks Linda. Yeah, I have to get better at posting pictures of my work.

  4. Oh Happy Day! I find that workshops that are outside my normal work area can be refreshing and instructive. Who knows, maybe you'll become a convert to terra cotta!

  5. Wow, that is terrific news!What an adventure.

    Yeah, those thin envelopes...they never bode well. I've gotten plenty of them. "No" is a pretty short word.


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