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Here are a few pots that will be in my "favorites of the firing" gallery here at the pottery tonight and this weekend. Time for me to set out some pots on the lawn! Have a great day.




35 Unloaded

Michael Kline

Here are the pots unloaded from the kiln. I'm still busy getting the site set for the sale and haven't got to look over the pots carefully. But my impression of the kiln is good. No kiln blues this time! I'll be shooting preview pictures to put on Facebook and Sawdust & Dirt, as well as a brief e-newletter special edition! Let me know what you think!


35 Peeks

Michael Kline

I'm a little late with this sneak peek, but here are some images from the kiln!

i like the black vine on the round jar
and the restrained amber on that jug!

mmmm, dots!!

i love the contrast of color and texture in this picture
through the bag wall



a Kyle Cupenter Carp!
I'd better hide this one when he
comes over to claim his pots!

A big day ahead! Unloading the kiln will be on top of the list. Also that list will include,
  • paint signs
  • clean up around the kiln
  • clean show room
  • post preview pics on this page
Until then...

Faces of 35

Michael Kline

Sorry readers, but I had too busy a day to sit down and sum up the firing. Maybe tomorrow? I've got a lot to do to get the place ready for our 1st Annual Kiln Opening!!! With the usual cleanup after a deco-rotation session in the studio, I also realized that the whole place needs a makeover by Friday!

Here are some of the faces of the firing of the kiln. Can't thank these folks enough!

lillian stoking in her jammies!

David Andrews still chipper after the"overnight"
David's son Elijah stoking the fire
Evelyn waiting her turn



Keith Phillips came out to lend a hand
and help me innovate a new salting technique!



Keith's son Greyson after retrieving the
salt board from the middle of the pond!

Alex Matisse staying cool
and hamming it up for the camera.

I have more pictures and video that I hope to share with you sometime soon. The firing went very well, considering my fatigue and near exhaustion from working the long hours for the last 3 weeks to get it all done. It was a beautiful day for a firing. The wind was a little gusty, but it had just a minor effect on the the overall firing.

The firing started at about 3:30 a.m. and ended about 9 the following night. The temperature was a little hotter than last firing by design. The majority of the load was made from a commercial stoneware and not my red dirt stoneware.

Tomorrow is Lillian's birthday and we're heading in top the big city of Asheville. I'll be pressing the overalls so's I'll be able to celebrate in style!

Until the next chance I get to sit down and compose...thanks for reading and supporting blogs about pottery!

35 Finito!

Michael Kline

view of the inside just before "clamming" the kiln up

Just wanted to send a great big shout out to everyone who made this firing possible. "All nighter" David Andrews and his son Eli, Tom "apple fritter" Turner, Alex "Coneman the Barbarian" Matisse, Connie, Kyle "glaze holiday" Carpenter, Dr. Doc Welty, and Keith "Mudstuffing"and Greyson "the retriever" Phillips.

Thank you ALL!

Last but not least, Evelyn, Lillian, and of course my ever patient and understanding wife, Stacey Lane.

I'll try to bring it all together in a wrap up Monday after I geta good nights sleep!