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The Best of Sawdust and Dirt

A record of the goings on around Michael Kline Pottery!

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Penland's Newest House

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Evelyn and I made it over to the ribbon cutting at Penland's newest structure, the guest house, where my sink is installed! Since I was in the ribbon cutting party, I don't have a picture of that. But here are some pictures of the new house and the beautifully wooded area surrounding it. The house is built next to Dora's cabin and on the site of one of my favorite mobile homes ever, Ebner's. Ebner's was taken away to that great trailer park in the sky sometime last early Spring.

jungle gym yoga?
architect Dail Dixson, 2nd from l, with others checking out the physical plant!

Sink Results

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Gosh! I thought I had better pictures o the sinks than this!

I'll take some more pictures and get back to you. Maybe even do a short video, like my buddy Ron. this is just for those that may be frothing at the mouth to see something, anything, about the sinks. I've spent most of the time this week playing and trying to get the right hose that will fit the spout thing(y's). Next time I will measure these parts the way I measured the drain holes! (and make them shorter, and make them pointing more towards each other!)

Until I send out that video or nice picture of the remaining sinks, thanks for reading and being part the growing S/D family!

Coming Soon: Sawdust & Dirt Store!

Sink Saga Continued

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white slip. wax resist. more white slip!!

I'm heading over to put the sinks in the soda kiln, Lucille, over Penland School way. Here are the sinks after their wax painting and slip dipping were done.

black wax resist. white slip

white slip. wax resist. more white slip 2

sorry, no picture of the
black underglaze slip brush work. layer o'tenmoku. layer of amber
it'll be a surprise for Wednesday!

I'm not sure what I'll do with myself tomorrow as I sit there watching the gas kiln. I'm sure I'll stick my head in a few studios and see what's going on!

Look for a Penland Ramble post tomorrow or Tuesday!


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I have been commissioned to make sinks for the new guest house at Penland and I will be painting and glazing them on Saturday. I've promised to give y'all a sink how-to, but unfortunately didn't do so well in technical writing as a young engineering student back in the day. But here goes...

First off, if you can make a teapot you can make a sink. But to make a big sink you'll need a few more chops to get'er done. First off, to make a finished sink that is 14.5" in diameter, I used 25 lbs. of clay! I threw the sinks between 15 and 16 inches. Also, I wanted to make them rather heavy to possibly avoid warping. (we'll see) This required a bunch of clay.

[sorry no pictures from the throwing stages. oh wait, here is a picture of some that were later destroyed and redone]

Then I let them dry really slow, and trimmed the foot as I usually do, but made the foot a little narrower as it related to the rim than I usually do for a bowl.

Then I cut a hole to accommodate the plumbing. (with the shrinkage of my clay, I made the hole about 1 3/4".

Then I added a coil that threw to make an overflow "chamber". After that was sufficiently dry I added a slab. [Well I guess, according top these picture, I added the short spouts that would serve as my overflow first. ;-) ]
Here are an assortment of little spouts that will carry overflow to the overflow chamber and down the pipe.
Doesn't this look like a strange kind of teapot? The two spouts will have a rubber tube between them! This is Kent McLaughlin's design that he freely shared with me and I hope he doesn't mind that I'm sharing with you?!?!

The overflow openings.
You leave a comment if you have a question. The overflow part is the critical design part.

  1. painting designs on the sinks and glazing them.
  2. moving them carefully over to Penland
  3. Load into their new soda/salt/wood/gas kiln!
  4. try to stay out the way of Sam Chung's class!
  5. Unload the kiln and deliver sinks to a waiting crew to install in the guest house.
Sorry I wasn't more thorough. I could have taken more pics. Until next time...remember questions comment if you would be so kind. I love hearing from you.