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Kissed By The Flame

Some pots are quiet, they don’t speak of carving or imagery. This one didn’t even speak of glaze colors or designs. Sometimes it’s a good idea to listen to the quiet. That would probably have been a better name for this post, maybe it’s the name of the vase. With nothing but a spearmint liner glaze, this piece was placed in the soda kiln. It’s about 11 inches tall so it was put in the top with a sculpture and a few other tall pieces. The soda and the flame did the decoration.

The vase is still very quiet but I think it came out well. I’m pleased with the painting the soda and flame did.

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Chipmunk Sculpture

It takes a certain talent to make really great ceramic sculptures.  I’ve had the privilege to assist and audit workshops with great artists like Tip Toland and Debra Fritts but I still have not felt ready to add any to my body of work, or to my pots like my friend Gary Rith does.  However, I have tried my hand a making clay sculptures for sure.

When I was visiting my mom recently I found a few of these scultpures hiding in a box on a shelf in the basement.  Seeing these were quite a trip back in time.  I dusted a few of them off and took some pictures.  I only had my iPhone with me so I apologize for the quality.

Ceramic Chipmunk Sculpture by Lori Buff
Chipmunk Sculpture

This little guy must have been made when I was in elementary school.  Parents save the darnedest things.  I don’t know if that is a nut in his paws or a bowling ball, not that it matters, it’s a cute chipmunk made by the hands of a little kid who never stopped loving playing with clay.

Do you have any pictures of your really old art?  Post them on line, I’d love to see them.

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


  1. An adorable squirrel! My Dad has a couple of things from my high school years and a few of my first pots when I got serious about pottery as an adult... some of those are pretty ugly.

    1. Hi Michèle, it’s fun to see what our parents keep that we made many years ago. I’d love to see some of your early work.

  2. a very cute chipmunk indeed, so wonderful you have him now, what memories

  3. He IS an awesome chipmunk :) Good idea, I will see what old pots I have kicking around and post them sometime :)

  4. I have a few things I made when I was about 13, including a couple of giraffes with short squat legs.


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