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192 Jim Boone Rd
Bakersville, NC, 28705
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828-675-4097

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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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No More Blues, Just Green!

Michael Kline


After all of the whining about expectations and such last week I have good news concerning my most recent endeavor, the Spruce Pine Potters Market, or SPPM, pronounced, "sppm". Going in with moderate expectations, taking lots of pots, and putting my best foot forward, it did not disappoint! This years show was probably the best ever.

I finished unwrapping the few pots that were left and jumped right into fixing the e-kiln so that I could fire the pots I made last week. The 150 or so pots will be heading up the road to Courtney's wood kiln for a firing on Friday! So away with the bins of wrapped pots and onward with my brushes and some glazing!

I'm real excited to fire again, for a lot of the ideas that came from the last firing are still freash in my head. It was also nice to look over the pots at the show the other day as John and I set up the booth. The pots continued to reveal themselves and I had some nice convos with some of my fellow potters who always brings different perspectives. I'm looking over some notes and getting pots dec-o-rotated today as I nurse this old bisque kiln through one last firing before I gut it and replace all of the rusted parts and faulty switches, etc.


The old L & L's been under a roof, out of doors for the past 8 years and it shows. After taking the first section apart to replace elements, I realized what I feared to be true. Rust, rust, rust...The terminal covers have to be replaced, but I also realized that the terminals themselves were corroded and need replacing. Maybe it is time to replace this old kiln? Well, replacing it is way more expensive. And besides how out of place would a new kiln look surrounded by all of my other equipment that hales from the late sixties (Paoli mixer) to early seventies (Shimpo Scream™, and original Peter Pugger Classic)

I guess it wouldn't look all that bad!

;-)

Back to the brush! Thanks for checking in.

Michael

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Heavy Lifting/Yankee Ingenuity/Simple Machines

Michael Kline


After a week of clouds and endless rain, I decided to spend the afternoon outside cutting wood for the next firing and figuring out a way to move that 8' beast of a mixer out into it final working position. As you can see it wasn't too hard to get the wheels onto the plywood runner with my old Suburu jack. (I knew it would be handy someday!) But getting it across the threshold required the help of my neighbor Tom Dancer who was salvaging wood from the barn across the street.

Here's Tom wiggling the mixer into place while I threw my 4" x 4" x 8' lever down to snap this picture on my new Centro! I'm really excited to get some red dirt into this fine machine! We'll get it wired up tomorrow! More on the Paoli mixer tomorrow!

Good night all.