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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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Dormant For Today

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I took a walk around the shop in today's beautiful sunshine. Here are some scenes from the day off.

melting ice from the storm

so many postcards 
sign by Lillian

punch list and plaster

view from showroom

wood kiln door edge

mostly broken door bricks

back of the kiln with crumbling stucco and sooty spies

light, cone pack, and plate

glazed wads

leftover teapot lids

calipers and saved trimming

buckets holding treadle hostage

packing and shipping accessories

information center 
blue and green tarpscape
the wedging table

A Potter's Got To Eat!

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I thought I better take a break from stacking the kiln and have a bite to eat and there's no better way to digest your supper than to sit back a write a few words on ye olde blogge. I've actually loaded 2/3 of the kiln. I am also running out of small pots, fillers. Luckily, I have a board of tumblers and have a few dishes to paint.

I'm getting very excited about next weekend's Spring kiln opening, and the following weekend's "Cousins in Clay" over in Seagrove. (More about all of that in my newsletter going out on Monday.)

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OK, back to stacking ye olde wood kiln! Firing #38 coming right up! I'll be tweeting kiln side with pictures and more. Follow the firing!

Blue Monday (NOT)

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Blue tarp, yes, but gray skies.
I looked over my archive of images to remind myself of the motifs I might use again on the pots I'm about to paint. Someday I hope to catalog them. Motifs evolve slowly, some just appear out of nowhere (or so it seems). It all depends on my frame of mind and what books I may be looking at. It may also depend on pots that I have set aside to study. Sometimes a pot that didn't sell at whatever show, or just didn't impress me at the time I unloaded it, may be sitting on a shelf somewhere and I'll come across it with a more seasoned appreciation. My eyes are always changing.

SO these are some of the things I'm thinking about this morning as I look down on the kiln, which, after all, is the teacher.

Disrepair in Full Color

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It occurred to me that after seven years of hammering the old wood kiln it was starting to look pretty shabby and needed not only cosmetic repairs, but also a number of more important functional updates: the stoke doors/bricks have always been a nuisance, there are major cracks inside the firebox and corners of the arch, and of course, the fiber/stucco covering is crumbling. Here are a couple of full color pics I took with Stacey's new camera this morning.

the backside of the arch showing
spy plugs and soot from 29 firings

The lower end of the arch, showing,
grate bars and primary air flues(bricked up)

The kiln has cooled quickly to about 700*F last time I checked. The dampers were left open about 2 inches and this morning I opened them to about 4 inches. The Obama-ware has to be in NY by Friday! I will try to get the door down tomorrow, but if you've read this blog before you know my kiln takes foreevvvvvver to cool. So, cross your fingers.

a maple tree in the wood yard

a goldenrod


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Mica Cain and Naomi Dalglish

I didn't have much time to be a photographer yesterday, but I managed to get Naomi and Mica to pose for a shot at the end of their working day. In a coincidental twist of fate M and N are both 28 and this happened to be the 28th firing of the kiln, and the 6th anniversary firing. I couldn't have done it without them.

Recap: The day began about 3 a.m. and I took it really slow, with all the green ware and all. Stacey came on at 5:30 and gave me a break that was supposed to be spent sleeping, but my daughters had a different plan. So i sent them up to the kiln to "help Mommy", and returned after a short nap. Mica came around 11 and Naomi came to help finish up at 5. The kiln responded really well to all of the adjustments, too numerous to include, and I can attribute that to dry wood and proper stacking. In the first year or two I would try to pack the kiln to the gills, but soon found the kiln to be stubborn and uncooperative. So I yielded to the kiln's needs to fire evenly ever since. Near the end of the firing, I tossed in 12 cylinders of salt. We checked the draw rings and concluded that that was enough. We'll see... on Thursday.