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updated sun 30 jan 05


Gary Navarre on sat 29 jan 05

So Hay Crew,
Well I tried to take peoples advice and take it easy, slow down, don't
try to get to work too fast and did pretty good. Got out to town this
morning and saw my other friends for the hour. That went well so I thought
I'd go again tonight. Hay, if one felt good why not try another. So I'm
sitting here and noticed coffee on the stove, got up to check it, didn't
feel my foot asleep, tipped over and sprained my damned ankle. Good thing
I got my pills stretched out to 7-9 hrs. I guess I am supposed to slow
down. But I need to get to work, man, I need to make some money, ya know
what I'm sayin? Thank God for Emergency Relief and the generosity of
friends or this puppy would be homeless.
So with this time on my hands I decided to try my hand at drawing in
Paint and adding text like my Technology Tuesdays teacher suggested. There
seemed to be a lack of clarity about using the pignose on the Hobagama for
preheating the hob and main chamber of this kiln I'm doing. With this slow
cooking method I have kept the kiln at 100 or 150 or 200 degrees for hours
or until no moisture forms on a mirror held over the top of the stack.
I'll even wait another hour past that until stoking the pignose some more
and adding more air. When the kiln is ready and I'm ready I switch the
fire to the hobs, which can take a couple of hours. Then I'm ready for an
all nighter with fire on the hobs and ending with side stoking. This
drawing is at I hope
this explains how and why I use this feature. Most of the work is glazed
but I do get areas of good ash development. Sort of the best of both

G in Da UP
Navarre Pottery
Norway, Michigan, USA

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Lee Love on sat 29 jan 05


Hope you get feeling better real quick.

Hey, do you remember the drawing I shared of Dick Lehman's
step-down grates? If you are going to stick whole logs into the
kiln, I think you want to have air be able to get all around them.
The step-down grate is a good solution. He can put logs on the step
down grates the kiln doesn't have to be stoked again for 6 hours. It
is a series bricks in steps that have air holes running through them. (I
made a quick drawing here):

I'd wonder if the whole log laying on the floor would smoke more
than it would burn.

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Lee Love on sat 29 jan 05

Thanks for posting the photo of the jug Eric. I really like jugs. These are the counterpart to the large Japanese sake tokuri (I uploaded a photo of one of mine to the makigama web log.)

There was a guy that visited Mashiko that has a really fine collection of early American pottery. He showed me a magazine article about his collection. He decided to start collecting what he called "American Mingei" after seeing work at the Mingeikan in Tokyo.

If money were no object, I would focus my collecting on Korean Yi and Early American pottery.


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