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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…

Special Anagama Firing

This was the 25th firing of Roger Jamison's anagama kiln. The big wood kiln takes several days to load and several more days to fire, followed by a week of cooling. Before each firing wood needs to be sourced, cut, split, and stacked. After each firing the shelves need to be scrapped clean and coated with kiln wash. It's a lot of work with no promise of good pots. But, since it is so much work, a bunch of potters get involved. So it's a lot of fun, and always worth the time and effort.

To commemorate the occasion of the twentyfifth firing Roger's wife designed and printed these great tee shirts for all the folks that participated. I think that's a really special way to remember the occasion. Besides the really pretty pots and visiting with our potter friends.

To see more pictures from the firing and unloading check out my Instagram and Facebook pages.

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