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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…

Lidded Jar

This little gem came out of the last firing of the reduction kiln. The glaze is Reitz Green which is one of my favorites. I think Don Reitz developed the glaze. It's a satin matt glaze that goes from blue to green to black in color depending on various factors in the kiln. It also plays well with other glazes. I used it on some elephant mugs I made recently and they all sold plus I have orders for more.

Reitz Green Ceramic Jar by Lori Buff
Reitz Green Lidded Jar
 It's a treat to work with a glaze that works so well with the pots.


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