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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…

Morphing Pot

The original idea of this piece was to make a pitcher with an added spout. I've done this in the past and have made some really fun pitchers. But when I put the spout piece on the body in order to figure out how to cut it the pot seemed to want to be a vase.

Who am I to make these decisions?  The clay can figure this stuff out for itself.

Pottery vase in progress by Lori Buff
Vase in Progress

I'm not sure I'm going to leave it this way. What do you think?

This is what happens when you're an artist. You start down one road then, something pulls you in another direction. Sometimes it is right to follow that direction, sometimes not. Thankfully, with clay, you can add or remove components pretty easily compared to something like marble sculpting. And if the whole idea fails I can always recycle the clay if I haven't yet fired it.


  1. I don't think I would change it. I think it will look terrific with tall flowers in it.

    1. Thank you. I think I’ll take your advice.

  2. I like your new background, very dramatic. I intentionally made a vase like that out of a porcelain that I was trying...testing basically to see if I wanted to use the more expensive stuff. And since it didn't want to pull up as tall as what I usually use, I did this trick on purpose. Now I want to see what your pitchers look like...I bet they're amazing!

    1. Thanks Barbara, I will defiantly be making more of the 3 piece pitchers so stay tuned.


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