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Pots, Purpose, and Place

North Carolina is home to a tradition of great pots pots that were made at a time when there was no refrigeration or canning, at a time when jars and jugs and dishes made from local clays and fired in wood burning were essential parts of a pioneering family’s survival...

the 100th Firing

The Actual 100th Firing March 31, April, 1, 2, and 3, 2019 Sometimes I sleep well the night of the firing, other times not. Regardless, the alarm went of at four, and soon thereafter I took the walk out to the kiln. Hmmm, it was quiet. Stillman is usually scampering...

Packing the 100th Firing

Packing the 100th Firing Packing a big kiln is a three dimensional puzzle, with pots being placed in specific places in the kiln, at speed, under a deadline, in the hope that all the variables of the enterprise –materials, making, decorating, glazing, placement in the...