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End of winter surprise!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Blog posts, In and around the Pen |

My friend, Eric Zeig, blacksmith at Mount Vernon and also in Strasburg, Va. has made a fireback for the large fireplace in my studio. Its purpose is partly that it is so wonderful to look at, and also, it throws the heat from the fire out into the pottery. It will probably be May before we stop needing a fire!

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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in In and around the Pen |

This is Eggs-on-Mobile before the coat of barn red paint. It sports a solar panel, water catchment system, easy access egg boxes and predator proof throughout. I can keep about 80 hens and a few roosters from March to October, Thereafter, they go into the barn.  There is a solar powered fence which keeps the nosy ones out!

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Throwing by the fire

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in In and around the Pen |

  Throwing right next to the fire has great advantages. Heat for one. Any dust that I kick up gets drawn up the chimney with the smoke, and when I finally can not stand to use an old sponge any more, I pop it into the fire! Image by...

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About the Kiln

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in In and around the Pen |

I built this kiln in 2002. I modified plans given to me by my friend John Fulwood of Kissimmee Pottery. I built it quite small for several reasons. First, a big kiln takes big shelves.  Big shelves can get awkward and heavy, especially when you are building the top of the stack. The second reason is that with a small kiln, I can fire quite frequently, and...

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Unloading the Kiln

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in In and around the Pen |

Here is the kiln bricked up and cooling off. It takes between 9 and 11 hours to fire it up to cone 6, about 2300 degrees F. The black soot on the top of the kiln is the result of reducing the atmosphere in the kiln to achieve color changing and softening effects in the clay and the glazes. See the Kiln unload itself! Unloading the Kiln from Laura Nichols...

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