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Well, the kiln is getting bigger and the brick piles are getting smaller. If I do a little bit of shuffling around, I might be able to move a couple of pallets out of the way. The dead grass squares will look great but it will be nice to have less things to trip over.

Ciao baby,
Joe
 
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Well the trees are blooming.

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The seeding is done.

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So kiln supervisor #2 and I have been taking advantage of some quiet mornings and getting some work done on the kiln. It's slow going but I think I can see the finish line over that hill.

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Three more courses of brick on the inside layer, six more on the outside and the main chunk of the kiln is laid.

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This is where we'll have to cast the throat arch. It's what seperates the firebox from the ware chamber. As I get closer to having to make the arch I get a little more nervous. Never worked with castable refractory before and never cast anything this big and.... Oh well, I've been learning as we go right from the start. Might as well dabble in another skill.

Catch you later.

Joe

 
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 Yippee, big news, Joe and I entered work into a show this spring...and what do you know we each had a piece accepted! SMILES! The show is a juried travelling exhibiton put together by the Alberta Potters Association. The piece I have in the show (pictured left) is called "Myth and Magic sipping cup"... a groovy little number featuring layered stamping, text, and a graphic carved section with an amphora flowing before a sea of alchemic symbols...you know that old chestnut. Joe's piece is a lidded vessel titled... "lidded jar", the man is inspired, right? Let me expand on that, it is a small, amber colored lidded jar, textured to be subtly reminiscant of the texture repeated in the cultivated fields of the farm. This show will start June 25th to Sept, 15, in Lethbridge, Alberata, at the Sir Alexander Galt Museum, then it will travel to Comox B.C. to the Comox Valley Art Gallery, Oct.1st to 31st, next the pieces land in The B.C. Gallery of Ceramics, Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C. from Nov.1st to Nov.30th. There may be more possible dates for the show in 2012.  Wow, my pottery will do more travelling than I will!

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